2/13: Update – New meeting location!

The local user group here in town has set up a new study group, kicking off tomorrow (Feb 7th).  For full details, go here, but below are the core details.

The Denver Study Group is a sub group of Denver Visual Studio User Group.

When

Thursdays, beginning February 7, 2013 (first course for 6 weeks, then repeat for next course)
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Limited to First 20 Attendees!  

Where

Microsoft Store, 303-824-6772
Park Meadows Mall, 8505 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree, CO 80124,
Store is near the center of the mall, Zone B, Upper Level, between Macy's and Forever 21
Meeting space is near the middle back portion inside the Microsoft store

UPDATED LOCATION (see below)   

Innovation Pavilion, 9200 East Mineral Ave., Centennial, CO 80112

North of Park Meadows Mall, between E. Dry Creek Rd. & E. County Line Rd., W of I-25)
- Plenty of free parking, Enter the front lobby (doors locked after 7:00 p.m.)
- Check the white board for room number (probably, 3rd floor, Suite 310 or 385)

Using Pluralsight videos: one month free pass for first time attendees
First Course: Building Applications with ASP.NET MVC 4 by Scott Allen
Watch Videos, Code, Discuss (no purchase necessary)
Optional: bring your own pc (free Wi-Fi available)
Join us for our first Denver Study Group --
FMI: read the details below

What

The Study Group meets for the express purpose of gathering developers together on a series basis to watch, code, discuss, and learn from high quality video training along with others of a like mind.
During the Study Group meetings, the training videos are shown in a web browser via a streaming service and displayed on a large screen audio/visual presentation system for all participants to watch and hear together.

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 free! More than that, it provides us with opportunities to select the specific training we need to be delivered via video and supplement it with coding in a group setting and 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 code and discuss together, you get even more than you could by watching the videos solo.

When

Thursdays, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm MST, approximately 2 hour meetings once each week
Watch 45-60 minutes of course video at each meeting
Work 20-30 minutes on ad-hoc exercises and code together as a group related to the video just watched
Discuss 20-30 minutes in a round table format related to the video just watched
Approximately 5-6 consecutive weekly meetings will be completed to go through a course
Break between courses 1-4 weeks and then repeat for next course
Depending on the course and the needs of the participants, the watching/coding/discussion times  will vary, sometimes considerably
Depending on each course, length of each weekly meeting and consecutive meetings for a course may vary
Holidays, other special days, weather, and venue use, may cause changes to the planned schedule
We will plan for each course from one to six months ahead of scheduled venue space needs and  communicate those dates and times to ensure our space reservations and placement on the venue  events calendar