Unconferences

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Unconferences

  1. 1. Unconferences Alice Pawley, David Radcliffe School of Engineering Education February 19, 2009 1
  2. 2. Once upon a time... ...there was a conference... ...where there was enough time to talk.... ...where the sessions were all interesting.... ... where I learned many new things... ... where the hallway conversations were the conference session... 2
  3. 3. “What was this strange conference?” you ask. 3
  4. 4. It was an unconference. What do you think that means? 4
  5. 5. In small groups... Worst things about conferences... Best things about conferences.... Report out Capture ideas online... 5
  6. 6. In small groups... When your time was wasted at conferences? When your time was well spent at conferences? Report out Capture ideas online... 6
  7. 7. In unconferences.... Presenter is facilitator Attendees are presenters Take as given that: The sum of the expertise of the people in the audience is greater than the sum of expertise of the people on stage. 7
  8. 8. Models: 8
  9. 9. Models: ScienceOnline 2009 Conference program developed transparently on wiki Built collaboratively by attendees 9
  10. 10. Models: ScienceOnline 2009 Conference sessions involve public discussion beforehand 10
  11. 11. Models: ScienceOnline 2009 Conversations continue after the conference is over 11
  12. 12. Models: Postcards 12
  13. 13. The real conference 13
  14. 14. Conference Postcards Same Time Different Time What is being presented at the Different Place Different Place conference? I cannot attend the conference because my What was that interesting fish died …… paper at the conference? Postcards Communicate with Persistence Same Place Same Place Few saw my presentation or poster Groovy Postcard dude Different Time Same Time 14
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  17. 17. Five Minutes of Fame 17
  18. 18. Postcard Invitation 18
  19. 19. How can we design interactions... to incorporate the helpful qualities and avoid the poorer qualities of conferences/conversations? 19
  20. 20. In small groups again... Advantages Disadvantages Report out captured online 20
  21. 21. More resources http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference http://www.bloggercon.org/II/newbies http://scripting.wordpress.com/2006/03/05/what-is-an-unconference/ http://scienceonline09.com 21
  22. 22. Thanks for playing! --Alice and David 22

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