Online Conferences: Professional Development for a Networked Era

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This presentation launches the 2-week SCoPE seminar (http://scope.bccampus.ca): Online Conferences: Professional Development for a Networked Era: April Online Conferences, April 11-22, …

This presentation launches the 2-week SCoPE seminar (http://scope.bccampus.ca): Online Conferences: Professional Development for a Networked Era: April Online Conferences, April 11-22, 2011
Facilitators: Lynn Anderson & Terry Anderson

"Online conferences offer an effective alternative that is economical, environmentally friendly and convenient. These factors position online professional conferences as poised to emerge as a mainstream form of lifelong learning in all professions."

If you haven't been involved in organizing an online conference you have probably participated in one. What contributes to the success of an online conference? How can we improve the experience for all participants?

During this 2-week book discussion we will share experiences and advice on how to plan or participate effectively in an online professional development conference.

Web Conference: Elluminate - Monday, April 11, 10:00 PDT, 17:00 GMT

Visit the SCoPE seminar forum description for details and to participate in the synchronous and/or asynchronous portion of this event: http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=8732

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  • Differentiate between formal and informal. Our focus is the venerable conference… Unfortunately, when it comes to face-to-face professional conferences, the kind of 3 day event that takes place at a hotel or convention centre, the literature suggests that this mode of CPE has fallen short of the goal because most conferences are predominantly “informational updates”. There is very little time set aside for “formal interaction”.
  • Highlight the fact that the conference platforms mentioned provide various asynchronous networking tools, but most do not include synchronous tools.
  • This slide may provide an opportuity to engage the audience by having them list presentation software that they are familiar with.
  • Schweir and Barbar also found that the exchanges in synchronous conferencing were more dynamic and passionate – energizing the students and instructors.
  • Do I want to discuss ways to mitigate these disadvantages here or later on?Also need to mention problem of multi tasking with several synchronous and async .
  • Lack of physical presence is Greatest in text-based asynchronous conferences