Online Conferences: Professional Development for a Networked Era

 Facilitators: Lynn Anderson and Terry Anderson

01:48 - Lynn Anderson 

No relation 

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 

Terrific presentation. 

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 

we'll scoot 

1:01:47 - nikki 

sorry..arrived late..do you have a recording archived?