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Online conferencing in the era of the 24/7 global digital society


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Online conferencing in the era of the 24/7 global digital society

  1. 1. Online Conferencing in the Era of the 24/7 Global Digital Society Simon Kear Beyond Distance Research Alliance Distance Learning Technologist of European Foundation for Quality RESEARCH ALLIANCE the Year 2009: Team Award in e-Learning UNIQUe Award
  2. 2. Can we talk?• What do we mean by – online conferencing – 24-hour society• Leicester’s Learning Futures Festivals• Did delegates take advantage of 24-hour?• Were relationships formed because of 24-hour? Photo courtesy of cowfish on Flickr
  3. 3. Online conferencing 1990s June 2003 March 2006 Email, eGen Conference JISC InnovatingBulletin Boards E-learning Conference
  4. 4. Online Conference Asynchronous wrapper (VLE) Synchronous
  5. 5. Online Conference 12 11 1 Asynchronous wrapper (VLE) 2 109 Synchronous 3 8 4 7 5 6
  6. 6. 24-hour society Photo courtesy of DrareG on Flickr
  7. 7. 24-hour society & technology for the developing world• Eliminating time barriers• Eliminating geographical barriers• Target disadvantaged groups• Help balancing family and work life• Enhances international dimension of education (Iqbal and Ahmad, 2010)
  8. 8. Follow the Sun 2011Learning Futures Festival 5
  9. 9. 27/02/2013 9
  10. 10. Follow the Sun 2011• 48 hours non-stop• 280 participants• Hosted from 3 timezones• 25 countries• Up to 80 delegates each session
  11. 11. Japan (delegate)“I managed to participate in selectedpresentations from Asia/Australia and UK. TheUSA time zone was too late/early. The 24-hourformat meant I could plan participation and fitinto my work schedule.”
  12. 12. Australia (delegate)“Not in either destination and thus would nothave attended had it not been via the onlinecommunity and technology”
  13. 13. USA (speaker)“I learned from the comments of the otherparticipants in my session. I have referred to thissession in my LinkedIn groups.”
  14. 14. Evidence of 24-hour-type useLeicester UK CanadaBrighton UK USA
  15. 15. Caveats“I saved travel time but I ended up working almost16 hour days as I had to listen to talks late at nightas well as during the day and still do my day job. If Iattended a f2f conference, I’m not expected to be intwo places at the same time.“Having said that, I still prefer attending online as Ican eat or fidget or do anything I like during asession at home and still be at a conference.”
  16. 16. New relationships
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  18. 18. New relationships
  19. 19. New linksEngland (delegate)“It has given me some new ideas and links topeople and work that potentially are very usefulfor me. I like the chat during the session asparticipants can make comments while theylisten which can be picked up at the end, inmany ways more interactive than a traditionalconference.”
  20. 20. Follow The Sun 2012 28-30 March 2012
  21. 21. ReferencesBird, T., Kear, S., Mobbs, R., Davies, E. ( 2010) Why waste a good crisis? Delivering anexclusively online, international academic conference. Unpublished paper presentedat ALT-C 2010, Nottingham, UKIqbal, M.J., Ahmad, M. (2010) Enhancing Quality of Education through E-Learning:The Case Study of Allama Iqbal Open University. Turkish Online Journal of DistanceEducation-TOJDE January 2010 Volume: 11 Number: 1 Article 5Salmon, G. (2010) Follow the Sun. Unpublished paper presented at Online Educa2010, Berlin, Germany