Thursday, 7 January 2010
The first day of the Learning Futures Festival Online has really convinced me of the benefit of online conferences. Not only can I attend sessions when I want, without having to spend a week away from work and family, but it's also possible to listen to missed sessions after they have finished, to submit questions in writing as well as orally, and to chat online with other participants about issues raised while the presentations are taking place. This is my first experience of an online conference, and I'm pleasantly surprised at how well it works! The platform for the conference, Elluminate, allows you to view slides and chat as well as hearing audio and watching a video of the presenter, as well as to interact with the speaker. My first impressions are that this is a very useful tool, especially for postgraduate conferences where students might have limited funds available for travel and accommodation. A great virtual conference experience without the inconvenience of attending physically.