Monday, February 11, 2013

Free Trainings & Events for Communicators

Posted by: Britt Ehrhardt, Feb. 11, 2013

Build your skills and your network, without squeezing your office training budget, by making time for these upcoming free events. Who has money for training anymore? The Federal Communicators Network tweets about free events all the time. Follow FCN on Twitter to make sure you don't miss an opportunity.


Free Events for Federal Communicators in February 2013


Feb 12
Social Media - Get Ready to Analyze and Engage - This Adobe Government Assembly at the National Press Club focuses on effective use of social media.

Feb 14
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: 10 Signs It's Time to Break Up with Your Current CMS - Percussion hosts this webinar on web content management systems and product choice.

Feb 18-22
Social Media Week DC - A week-long festival featuring independently curated (and mostly free) speakers, panels, workshops, events, and parties all across the district celebrating tech and social media in the Nation’s Capital.
Feb 21
Drupal4Gov: Theming and Accessibility - The NIH Library in Bethesda, MD will host the quarterly Drupal4Gov event featuring five 30-minute ignite talks and a series of hands-on breakout sessions covering basic to advanced topics in Drupal theming and accessibility.

Feb 21
Section 508 Compliance - Deque Systems is hosting an event at the National Press Club about the Veterans Affairs Section 508 Compliance program, one of the largest in government.

Feb 22
Cybersecurity Symposium 2013 - Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association of Washington, D.C presents this symposium focused on gaps to coordination, collaboration, information sharing, and active threat deterrence across agencies, domains, and private owners of U.S. infrastructure. [NOTE: Free only for GS-8 and below, as well as Chief Warrant Officers and NCOs and below. GS-9 and above, as well as Officers 01 and above, pay $45 to $55, depending on date of registration.]

Feb 27
Mobile User Experience - DigitalGov University presents a webinar about how mobile user experience is different from traditional channels and how to approach user experience during mobile implementations.

Feb 28
Exploring Web Accessibility - This Adobe webinar is an introduction for practitioners on how to create websites and applications that are accessible to people with disabilities and compliant with relevant standards.

Feb 28
FedScoop's 3rd Annual MobileGov Summit - Federal government and industry discuss the latest in mobile government technology at The Newseum in DC.

Throughout February
E-Learning and Digital Cultures - Coursera's free 5-week class aimed at teachers, learning technologists, and people with a general interest in education who want to deepen their understanding of what it means to teach and learn in the digital age.


Anytime Training - Archived Webinars and Resources


YouTube Tips for Government - GovGirl puts up a new video every Wednesday.

Above and Beyond Metrics: Tell a Story with Reports - The great folks at HowTo.gov have archived their February presentation on analytics and metrics. Many other online resources are also available.

Plain Language -  Free online training from NIH.

Understanding Risk: A Primer for Journalists - National Press Foundation program archive might be useful to federal communicators working in public health.

Google Tools for Journalists Hangouts - National Press Foundation program archive.


Mark Your Calendars for Free Events for Communicators Later this Year


June 1-2, 2013
National Day of Civic Hacking

Sept 23-27, 2013
Social Media Week DC


If you know about a free or inexpensive event open to other communicators, especially those organized by not-for-profit organizations, please let us know, and we'll promote it.

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