getting the most out of workshops and webinars: strategies for professional engineers

Getting the Most Out of Workshops and Webinars: Strategies for Professional Engineers


In the rapidly evolving field of engineering, continuing education is not just beneficial; it's essential. Workshops and webinars offer excellent opportunities for engineers to hone their skills, stay updated with the latest industry trends, and earn continuing education credits. Here are some effective strategies for making the most of these educational experiences, along with a list of upcoming interactive learning opportunities that you won’t want to miss.

Before the Event: Preparation is Key

1. Set Clear Objectives:
Before registering, define what you hope to gain from the event. Whether it's learning a new skill, understanding industry advancements, or networking with peers, having clear goals will help you choose the right sessions and engage meaningfully.

2. Do Your Homework:
If the workshop or webinar provides pre-event materials, make sure you review them. Familiarizing yourself with the topic can greatly enhance your understanding and engagement during the session.

3. Prepare Questions:
List any questions you might have that you can ask during Q&A sessions or networking breaks. This not only clarifies your doubts but also helps you engage actively with presenters and participants.

During the Event: Engage and Network

4. Active Participation:
Make the most of interactive elements such as polls, Q&A sessions, and group discussions. Active participation helps reinforce learning and makes the experience more valuable.

5. Take Notes:
Write down key points, insights, and follow-up actions. Notes will serve as a valuable reference when you apply what you've learned to real-world scenarios.

6. Network Strategically:
Workshops and webinars are great for meeting industry peers and leaders. Don't hesitate to introduce yourself and exchange contact information. Virtual events often have chat rooms or breakout rooms which are perfect for this purpose.

After the Event: Apply and Connect

7. Review and Reflect:
Soon after the workshop or webinar, review your notes and reflect on how you can apply the insights gained. This might involve trying out new techniques, proposing new processes at work, or sharing insights with your team.

8. Follow Up:
If you made connections, send a quick follow-up email or connect with them on professional networks like LinkedIn. This helps build relationships and can be invaluable for career development.

9. Share Your Knowledge:
Enhance your own understanding and contribute to your team’s development by sharing what you've learned. Consider giving a presentation or a formal debrief to your colleagues.

Upcoming Interactive Learning Opportunities

1. RISA-3D Advanced Topics Training Course
Date: April 16, 2024
Host: RISA 
Benefits: Interactive training focused on developing a more in-depth knowledge in RISA-3D, with individual sessions used to broaden engineers skills and understanding of 3D modeling, design and problem solving..

2. "Multi-Story Building with RISAFloor & RISA-3D" Seminar
Date: April 16, 2024
Benefits: Explore practical applications of modeling multistory building in RISAFloor and then analyze it's lateral forces by integrating the model into RISA-3D.

3. "RISA-3D Steel Design" Webinar
Date: April 24, 2024
Host: RISA
Benefits: Discuss the application of unbraced lengths, rigid end offsets, and analysis offsets, as well as tips and tricks for modeling single angles and custom shapes.

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