Conference in Your Cubicle

Something very exciting is happening this week in Chicago! The National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) brings together professionals across disciplines for an intentional time of training, networking and development. In person gatherings like NSAC are wonderfully connecting and renewing, but it’s also a reality that these opportunities are limited and especially rare in lean economic times. For those of us who aren’t able to join the group in Chicago for NSAC 2012, this doesn’t mean we can’t also celebrate the value of learning and connecting intentionally.

So let’s microwave some deep-dish style pizza and stand in solidarity with strengthening the movement to end sexual violence, right at our computer screens. That’s right; my call to action is for a cubicle [insert relative workspace here] conference. Technology presents opportunities and tools that are easy on the budget and many adults find that self-directed study at their own pace to be a great benefit of online learning. In the spirit of NSAC, or should I say #NSAC2012, I’d like to highlight free online learning opportunities, and I hope you add your own too!

NSVRC E-Campus

The NSVRC’s E-Learning page collects online learning tools from around the web in a number of formats – from interactive online courses to podcasts and webinars - that we have reviewed and catalogued for easy use. Within this resource is the NSVRC E-campus where you'll find NSVRC developed online learning tools on topics including disasters, trauma and engaging bystanders. Although a log-in account is required, tools from the NSVRC E-campus are available for FREE and can be explored at your own pace. 

Worth-a-look: Sexual Violence in Disasters: Understanding the Scope of the Problem is our newest online course and addresses the connections between opression, sexual violence and disasters. 


Learn. PreventConnect

Our awesome partners and the online aces at PreventConnect have an exciting new online learning project that launched this summer. offers prevention practitioners a hub of opportunities for learning and interaction. Courses are organized by topic under three learning levels for introductory, intermediate and advanced learning. 
Worth- a-look: Building Blocks of Prevention is an introductory-level course that provides a foundation in prevention principles and models. 

Ted: Ideas Worth Spreading

Although this isn’t a traditional learning tool, Ted is an online space where I’ve learned a lot. Ted talks bring inspiring and innovative voices on “Technology, Entertainment and Design” free to the world to spread ideas that can make an impact. Each talk is a maximum of 18 minutes, an easy time commitment,  and the address is designed to engage.
Worth-a-look: Picking a favorite Ted talk is as difficult as choosing a flavor of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, so let’s go for a sampling of big, bold ideas about women’s roles in the world organized by in the collection Women Reshaping the World.


What are your go-to spots for learning and growing online? Leave a comment with the website/blog/podcast below. 
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