This just in about the AIR6 conference:
2. The Backchannel
Don't wait until the question and answer session to discuss an
interesting presentation with your colleagues. Share ideas and comment on papers as they're delivered via Internet Relay Chat (IRC). Each of the AoIR conference rooms has a corresponding chat room for backchannel discussion. Connection details and recommended chat clients will be posted in each room.
Increasingly popular at technology conferences and in college
classrooms, backchannel discussions allow for quick fact checking and can create a greater sense of community amongst both audience members and presenters.
More details about the server and channels will be made available soon.
I'll figure out how to set up an IRC channel named "CoP_E_learn". If someone know how to do this, I'd appreciate some help. irc://irc.freenode.net/%23CoP_E_Learn
I set up a launch pad entry in the CPsquare blog, so that there's a place out on the internet that points here as well as to things like the IRC Channel. I found that FROM THE BLOG ENTRY, when you paste this into your IRC client, it takes you directly to the IRC channel: irc://irc.freenode.net/%23CoP_E_Learn. (For example in Firefox it will load a Chatzilla window that links directly to the chat. The trick was just knowing how to set up the URL. Moodle helpfully changes an IRC resource type to HTTP.
thought I would just check that IRC URL from your blog, but no way I can open it, not even by copy and paste - in Mozilla. Me thought Mozilla was also Firefox. Perhaps IE likes IRC better? I'd love to try out Chatzilla :-)
(Webheads often use Tapped In for backchannel, plus Yahoo Messenger.
That's probably an old habit - and also because we always would find someone to beep :-)
Anyway, I was able to access the channel after installing chatzilla in Firefox from http://www.hacksrus.com/~ginda/chatzilla/
I've been testing things out on my windows computer. I'm also going to get set up on my mac and palm pilot, so I might have more stories to tell.
Sus, this would be one way for the Vancouver folks to stay connected with you way over there in Denmark.
Sorry if I have missed it elsewhere. I am trying to be a conduit for a couple of (RRU - KM) folks who might drop in. I don't want them to decide to attend and try to reach me while I'm on the road. Do we have a specific time and place yet? Thanks!
We're hoping to arrange a room through the eLearn conference organizers. I won't be arriving in Vancouver until tomorrow. John, are you there now? Let us know if you find a suitable room before I get to it and post it here. I'll also try to post notices on the conference bulletin board (assuming there will be such things!). In any case, we'll post updates here and also I'll revise the Rendezvous forum description as more details fall into place. Note that visitors can read forum posts and most things here in SCoPE without a password.