Apr 11, 2011 - SCOPE - COMMUNITY EVENTS
Online Conferences: Professional Development for a Networked Era
Facilitators: Lynn Anderson and Terry Anderson
01:48 - Lynn Anderson
04:21 - Lynn Anderson
10:21 - Sylvia Currie
Interesting...it's always a lot more $ than we think!
15:19 - Sylvia Currie
Here's a link to the slides on slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/BCcampus/online-conferences-professional-development-for-a-networked-era
17:20 - Terry Anderson 1
I'm reluctant to put the full text online, as it is not an open book. There is 30-40% of the book on google books at http://books.google.com/books?id=YqkpPEXvrx4C&printsec=frontcover&dq=anderson+online+conferences&hl=en&ei=ojejTaWdBJLKiALamajuAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CEAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false
18:03 - Sylvia Currie
Thanks Terry. I should pop that link in the SCoPE forum description.
20:07 - jennymackness
These issues also relate to dissemination
20:27 - Sylvia Currie
Sometimes the venue is the most memorable part of the conference :-)
24:32 - Sylvia Currie
It's good to have a definition! So many events are sort of like online conferences. The label is used quite loosely
27:07 - Sylvia Currie
Seems the work is always there
30:01 - Terry Anderson 1
Actually, I don't think is Open source, but widely used and pretty cheap.
30:03 - Nancy White
Sorry for being late. Is there an assumption of always synchronous?
30:16 - Nancy White
The platforms aren't, so I wondered.
30:27 - Terry Anderson 1
Sorry I meant to add Ning, not being open source.
31:32 - Terry Anderson 1
No Nancy online conferences these days USUALLY have both synch and asynch tools today, but our definition of online conferences allows for both or either.
32:01 - Sylvia Currie
@Nancy good question. I wonder if that is somehow part of the definition of an online conference (in the minds of most) -- that part of it is synch
32:52 - Nancy White
at least time delimited. For me that is key
32:59 - Terry Anderson 1
As I stated in the beginning, Online conferences ist generation were only asynch and text, but now mixtures seem most conference- with resulting time zone issues.
34:08 - Nancy White
I'm sensing that most of this research is about professional/academic confs?
36:36 - Terry Anderson 1
Yes, it is about professional/academic conferences - these have most commercial/professional input and thus we interviewed and did lit review on these the most. What type were you thinking about Nancy?
37:48 - Nancy White
Im thinking about things like the new work of WeDialog, online World Cafes, marketing, and "interest" gatherings.
37:59 - Nancy White
I'm making faces!! :-)
38:03 - Sylvia Currie
You're doing a great job, Lynn!
38:57 - Nancy White
I think these advantages and disadvantages are two sides of the same coin and they vary by person. While one thing is an advantage for one person it is a disadvantage for another, which makes the design challenge more complex. Going back to one of my key principles: "designed for a group, experience by an individual" Does that make sense?
40:04 - Susan Stewart
Nancy...I really like your key principle...really important but challenging to achieve!
40:22 - Sylvia Currie
Some synch tools that focus on visuals, and the people in the room can be a different experience
40:26 - Nancy White
Is the form of a traditional conference (i.e. presentation) still defining the field for the most part? (I see a parallel here w/ F2F. How we design them)
40:52 - Terry Anderson 1
We touched abit on these emerging types like 'unconferences', but our focus in this book was on providing structured alternatives to traditional and formal F2F conferences as practiced today. The way a new technology is always used first to mimic an older technology (McLuhan!)
40:54 - Sylvia Currie
@Nancy, we'd love to hear more about that: designed for a group, experience by an individual
42:29 - Nancy White
I'm bad like that! :-)
42:37 - Nancy White
47:32 - Sylvia Currie
Nice, I like those examples. It takes a different type of organizer/facilitator to go with the flow
47:42 - Susan Stewart
That flexibility requires a very skilled facilitator or group of facilitators.
48:51 - jennymackness
Sorry - have to go now. Thanks
49:45 - Nancy White
I think it requires new org skills/competencies!
49:55 - Nancy White
where do goals come in?
50:32 - Susan Stewart
I agree, Nancy and Sylvia!
51:33 - Sylvia Currie
It's good! I like have a sweep through the book like this
52:35 - Nancy White
i agree w/ that last statement!!
55:10 - Nancy White
55:26 - Sylvia Currie
That's one of my favourite words :-)
57:13 - Nancy White
yeah, this is NOT a solo sport
57:30 - Sylvia Currie
I recognize some of these companies and they do a great job. Learning Times has lots of experience with organizing great conferences
58:35 - Sylvia Currie
I'm sure we can add to the best practices list over the next 2 weeks. So many great tips out there
59:22 - Terry Anderson 1
Speaking of reminding of upcoming events: An example of a free elearning online conference is Follow the Sun, featuring three time zones starting April 13 - see http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/beyond-distance-research-alliance/festival
1:00:44 - Sylvia Currie
1:00:47 - Joyce McK
1:00:51 - Lynn Anderson
Feeling like a hypocrite - not allowing time for interaction. Please join us in the asynchronous forums instead.
1:01:31 - Nancy White
1:01:33 - Susan Stewart
It's okay, Lynn...you are giving us info packets that will provide a foundation for jumping off into discussion!
1:01:36 - Nancy White
1:01:47 - nikki
sorry..arrived late..do you have a recording archived?