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Another Free Event: Spaces of Interaction: An Online Conversation on Improving Traditional Conferences
Saturday, January 10, 2009
As I said a few blog posts ago, there are an amazing number of free online conferences, summits, webinars, and workshops appearing the past few months. The Advancement for the Association of Computing in Education (AACE) is creating a mini-conference of sorts which it is called an "online conversation." The actual posted title is: "Spaces of Interaction: An Online Conversation on Improving Traditional Conferences."

My friend, George Siemens from the University of Manitoba, is leading the effort. Others on the program planning committee include: Tom Reynolds, Mimi Miyoung Lee, Erik Duval, Ellen Wagner, Duan van der Westhuizen, Joe Luca, Margaret Driscoll, Jon Dron, Janette Hill, Craig Montgomerie, Theo Bastiaens, Gary Marks (Director of AACE), myself, and various others as well. We are currently working on the speaker list and the interaction format. When we have it, I will post it to my blog. Are you interested in improving interactions in face-to-face conferences and the overall outcomes and successes? Here is your chance to contribute in some way. Do you have suggestions for presenters/speakers or times to offer sessions or possible interaction formats and conversations? If so, send to one of the names listed above in the next 1-2 days. Perhaps you can help shape the event. Such is the power of the Web as we all know by now.

In the meantime, you can sign up for the online conversation event here:

You can also join the Ning site for the event and get to know some of the people who are involved or who will attend:

This event will run from February 18-20 (so it is about 5 weeks away). As I said, we will be announcing speakers and panels shortly. Discussions will be held both synchronously and asynchronously. This should be fun. I hope some of you can attend. This online conversation may lead to something bigger online for AACE in the near future. We will see.

According to George: "The main goal of the conversation is to share opinions, insights, ideas, and practical suggestions on how we can create more engaging conferences. The event is open, so anyone currently involved in organizing a conference is welcome to attend. For that matter, the nature of our discussion will likely transfer somewhat into ways to improve any type of F2F interaction (classrooms, seminars, workshops)."

I am sure that there will be many benefits from this one time event (networking, experimenting with new technologies, helping reshape future AACE conferences, learn about upcoming events, have a voice in the discussion that takes place, etc.). If nothing else, you will start to see how quickly a global learning event (conference-like) can take place online (and 5-6 weeks is actually quite slow in Internet time). See you in Ning as well as at the online conversation!
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Name: Curt Bonk
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About Me: I am a former accountant and CPA and a former educational psychologist. I am now Professor of IST at Indiana University and also adjunct in the School of Informatics. I founded and later sold SurveyShare. As president of CourseShare, LLC, I run around the world training instructors to teach online and give motivational talks about emerging learning technologies. I also write and edit books related to e-learning and blended learning. See bio and vita.

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