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 Denver Study Group

New! Denver Study Group
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New Location: Aspenware, just south of downtown Denver
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New Format: 'Video Club,' watch at home, then discuss at meeting
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New Course: Next, Starting February, 2015
 
 
- The Denver Study Group is a part of the Denver Visual Studio User Group.
 What TO DO, Where TO GO, Quick Summary

- What TO DO:
- Get your Pluralsight video course subscription *
- Check the Current Course Topic and Schedule, immediately below
- Watch current course videos before attending each meeting
- Meet approximately two hours, once each week, Free, Register and RSVP via our Meetup
- Discuss in an open round table format the topics related to the videos
* Free one-month subscription for first time attendees, see Pluralsight for other options,
including free trials and low cost subscriptions

- Where TO GO:
- Aspenware, 450 Lincoln St. #101, Denver, CO 80203, 303-798-5458 (office)   Map
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Two blocks South of E. 6th Ave. and E. Speer Blvd.; just south of downtown Denver
- Free street parking.
Enter at the front lobby. Limited Seats
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Casual learning space with comfy couches, tables, chairs, and a large video display

- Quick Summary:

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The Denver Study Group gathers developers together on a series basis in a 'book club' format, but in our case it is a 'video club' format. We watch and study high quality video training courses at home/work/wherever on our own time and then we meet once a week to discuss the videos for that week and help each other with questions and answers. It's all very casual. There is no instructor teaching us, other than the video instructors. There are no speakers and no prepared presentations or slides, but there is a moderator to help keep each meeting moving along -- Study Group members are the primary talkers.
- FMI:
Read All Details and Keep Informed!
 

 Current Course Topic and Schedule  

New Course: Next, Starting February, 2015
(will be posted here in January)

 

 Course Topics - History    (most recent/current first)
 
- C# Fundamentals with C# 5.0 by Scott Allen (3 meetings, Nov, 2014)
- ASP.NET MVC 5 Fundamentals by Scott Allen (4 meetings, Oct, 2014)

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Window 8 Store Apps Hands-on in 20 Lessons by Yacine Khammal (5 meetings, Feb-Mar, 2014)
- AngularJS Fundamentals by Joe Eames, Jim Cooper (4 meetings, Jan-Feb, 2014)
- Practical LINQ by Debora Kurata (3 meetings, Nov, 2013)
- HTML5 Fundamentals by Craig Shoemaker (4 meetings, Oct, 2013)
- C# Fundamentals - Part 2 by Scott Allen (3 meetings, Sep, 2013)
- Single Page Apps JumpStart by John Papa (5 meetings, Jul-Aug, 2013)
- Getting Started with Entity Framework 5 by Julie Lerman (6 meetings, Jun-Jul, 2013)
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jQuery Fundamentals by Dan Wahlin (4 meetings, Jun, 2013)
- JQuery UI by Scott Allen
(1 meetings, May, 2013)
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C# Fundamentals - Part 1 by Scott Allen (4 meetings, Mar-Apr, 2013)
- Building Applications with ASP.NET MVC 4 by Scott Allen (6 meetings, Feb-Mar, 2013)
 
 Course Topics   
 

- Our selected primary source of video training is Pluralsight
- Their experienced video instructors are our guides
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What is Pluralsight? -- Hardcore Developer, IT, and Creative Training
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- Subscribers can participate in Pluralsight course discussions with other students anywhere.

- Meetings cover a variety of application development specific areas, offering an experience via videos used along with shared discussion periods - expert training and group interaction delivered to fit your needs. Learn complicated things in a way that keeps your attention, shows progress, develops skills, and engages your mind in lively conversation, while helping you keep up to speed. Join us!

- The Study Group leader, the User Group leader, and our members decide which courses to study from our selected video training library related to our user group
- For each course, the title, description, table of contents, author, duration, level, release date, and more may be found on the selected training web site
- Courses are usually Microsoft Visual Studio development tool-set centric, emphasizing C#, HTML, and related topics; but may be anything you can do with Microsoft Visual Studio and related topics, which of course is a lot, see above Course Topics and History
- Time during each meeting will be devoted to the specific topic for the current meeting video and the current meeting video series

 What   
 

- The Study Group meets for the express purpose of gathering developers together on a series basis to discuss and learn from high quality video training along with others of a like mind.

- Our Study Group meetings cover a wide variety of application development specific areas concentrating on one topic area for several weeks. Study Group meetings differ from our user group presentation meetings or other events, in that the Study Group offers a more intimate experience via the videos used along with the shared discussion periods.

- We use a 'book club' format, but in our case it is a 'video club' format. We watch and study high quality video training courses at home/work/wherever on our own time and then we meet once a week to discuss the videos for that week and help each other with questions and answers. It's all very casual. There is no instructor teaching us, other than the video instructors. There are no speakers and no prepared presentations or slides, but there is a moderator to help keep each meeting moving along -- Study Group members are the primary talkers.
- The training videos are shown in your web browser via a streaming service (Internet access required) and may be displayed on a variety of your devices, including laptops, desktops, tablets, and smart phones. Devices for watching the videos are not provided.
- You may attend even when you have not seen the videos prior to the meeting; however, it will be to your benefit to watch the videos ahead of each meeting to fully engage in our discussions.

- Denver Visual Studio User Group is a professional independent user group private volunteer membership association whose members are 100% committed to the Microsoft Visual Studio development tool set, emphasizing C#, Visual Basic, and everything you can do with Microsoft Visual Studio. The Denver Study Group, a sub group of Denver Visual Studio User Group.

 
 Why   
 

- Video training helps us in our group bring experienced and highly rated training professionals directly into our group at a time and place of our choice -- and for the lowest possible price! More than that, it provides us with opportunities to select the specific training we need to be delivered via video and supplement it with interactive discussions learning together with our own peers locally. This gives us the best of both worlds - expert training and group interaction - delivered to fit our needs.
- Video training provides an excellent, cost-efficient alternative to live training programs by using a vast training library which has helped thousands of developers worldwide. When we add our group members to discuss together, you get even more than you could by watching the videos solo.

- In our fast-paced world of application development and related tasks, our need to know is never ending and our quest to know more is omnipresent. Our Study Group provides one more way to help our members solve their training dilemma. Taking advantage of these opportunities, may give you the ability to learn complicated things in a way that keeps your attention, shows progress, develops skills, and engages your mind in lively conversation.

 What Happens   
 
- Watch course videos before attending each meeting
- Meet approximately two hours once each week
- Discuss in an open round table format the topics related to the videos

- Depending on each course plus group interactions, length of each weekly meeting and consecutive meetings for a course may vary

- One course for a typical 4-6 weeks
- Break between courses 1-4 weeks and then on to the next course
Actual Denver Study Group In Action!
 
Actual Denver Study Group!


- Depending on the course and the needs of the participants, the number of weeks to complete each course will vary, sometimes considerably
- Holidays, other special days, weather, and venue use, may cause changes to the planned schedule

- We will do our best to plan for each course ahead of scheduled venue space needs and communicate those dates and times to ensure our space reservations and placement on the venue events calendar, as well as the planning calendars of attendees

- We plan the courses out by sessions to fit the topics, regardless of the number of minutes for each video session, since we are not limited to a two hour period of watching videos, but we are limited to each two hour meeting.

 
 Attendance   
 

- Meetings are free! No prior registration is required to attend
- Attendance is first come only, until meeting space is full, maximum approximately 40, may be restricted due to the venue

- Participants must check-in with the Study Group leader at the start of each meeting
- If you arrive after the meeting has started, please be professional and courteous to those already engaged in the meeting - please stay within our venue's Study Group designated area

 Participation   
 
- Participants may attend without prior preparation; however, participants are encouraged to watch the next video prior to the meeting in order to be ready for discussion
- Although participation in the various parts of each meeting is voluntary, participants are encouraged to be interactive at each meeting with fellow participants in a professional and courteous manner
- Participants should commit to attending all of the meetings through the course that is being offered when they attend any meeting

 
Actual Denver Study Group Member!


- Participants may come to as many or as few courses as they need, as we plan to repeat these sessions with different courses throughout the year
- If a participant misses a meeting, they may view the video for that meeting using their own video training account at their own leisure before the next meeting

- The Study Group leader is the leader/coordinator/facilitator/moderator of the Study Group, not the instructor/presenter/speaker or there to answer all technical questions regarding the topic participants learn from the videos and from interaction with each other 
- Study Group participants may include members with experience in the topics discussed and may act as technical resources to fellow members attending

 Requirements   
 

- Participants are expected to have some experience with application development, most of the courses will not be introductory and many may be advanced -- see the library training link for the  courses for more information about the appropriate experience level

- Optionally, bring your own laptop/tablet to use at each meeting (free password protected Wi-Fi available during meetings); please be courteous to your fellow participants and not perform other activities during each meeting (if you need to, leave the meeting for e-mail, phone, work, or other activities unrelated to the meeting)
- Optionally, use of Microsoft Visual Studio may be required to get the most out of each meeting and your outside preparation for each meeting, free limited Microsoft Visual Studio Express editions are available (Microsoft Visual Studio is not provided)

 
 Costs   
 

- Meetings are free, anyone can participate (no purchase necessary)
- For the best results, similar to buying a book for a book club, everyone needs to have a personal copy of the videos.
Participants are encouraged to purchase a paid subscription to the Pluralsight video training library we use to watch the videos and then participate in our discussions, see below
- The cost of the videos is a small price for such learning and for our peer discussions (which are priceless)!

- Check the Pluralsight site for details and up-to-date prices for various subscription types. All paid subscriptions provide access to all courses available from Pluralsight, not just the one course which we will be concentrating on during any set of our meetings. This Study Group or any individuals in the group, do not profit from the sale of these videos.

- The videos will not be shown in their entirety during each meeting. We will always have the videos available at each meeting, so we can replay any specific area of study that is needed to clarify during the discussion period.

- Participants may download free limited Microsoft Visual Studio Express editions
- Optionally, participants may purchase their own Microsoft Visual Studio software or MSDN subscriptions separately

 Free Pluralsight One-Month Subscription Card   
 

- As a participant, you may receive one free one-month subscription card * to the entire Pluralsight library upon attending your first Study Group meeting
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To receive your card, make your request directly to the Study Group leader
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Provide your name, e-mail address, and phone number to the Study Group leader
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Activate your card yourself directly with Pluralsight online to start your subscription
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ards expire, use yours soon; if your card has expired before you use it, contact Pluralsight directly  for an update
* quantities are limited and may not be available, some restrictions apply

 

 Keep Informed

- Denver Visual Studio User Group
- See our home page for current events
- Join our e-mail membership list and attend our meetings, presentations, and other events
- Denver Study Group
- Read our primary study group details (this page)

- User Group on LinkedIn
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oin our user group on LinkedIn and participate in discussions and details including the current courses, schedules, and news, plus networking and jobs

- Twitter
- Follow us on Twitter for short and last minute notices, plus developer news

- 'Add to Outlook'
 - Add the Current Course Topic and Schedule iCalendar in .ics format (when available) to your devices
 

 

 Contacts

Denver Study Group Moderator: Nick Carpenter, Twitter: @QBitNick
Denver Study Group Backup: Edward Huddleston
Denver Visual Studio User Group Leader:
Chris Wallace, Twitter: @CWDenver
 

 

 Supporters   
 
Pluralsight - Hardcore Developer and IT Training Aspenware Microsoft
 
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