By Professor Grainne Conole
Last week as part of our support for this year’s ICDE World Conference on Online Learning I facilitated with my colleague Dr Orna Farrell a webinar and face-to-face workshop on ‘Creating Engaging Conference Abstracts’. There was good participation in the webinar (about 15 people ) and lots of interaction. At the start we asked participants what their experience was of attending conferences, what was good and what was not so good. Here are some of the comments.
• Getting an outside view of your work
• Conferences are a great way of getting to meet others working in a similar space – opportunities to find out interesting and relevant stuff others are working on
• Networking, sharing ideas and gathering feedback
• Participation varies depending on the size. Smaller conference I am more at ease to network, mingle. Larger conferences I find a bit challenging
• Always lovely to meet people in real-life who are part of my online network
• At a large conference you really have to plan ahead and be strategic about which sessions you attend and perhaps debrief with colleagues at the end of each day who may have attended other sessions
• Use the conference app and follow the Twitter hashtag. For our ICDE World Conference follow @WCOL2019 and/or #WCOL2019 to keep up to date with new developments as we count down to the conference.
It was a really enjoyable session and we hope participants found the webinar useful. The session was recorded if you want to listen to some of the advice we provided and we hope to see some interesting World Conference submissions from those who participated in the webinar or workshop. A follow up webinar for people thinking about submitting a paper for the World Conference will be offered later in the month.
Date: Wednesday 27th February (9.30 am GMT)