I am so thankful for this blogging challenge. It’s been a tumultuous month or so and I haven’t been able to put fingers to keyboard effectively. Just like our students, a blank piece of paper can be daunting but a prompt can put thought to motion. Thank you Jo-Ann Fox for this perfect nudge.
My recent experience as faculty for #cuerockstar Petaluma could put that format high on my list of criteria. 2 hour blocks, fewer session, long, collaboration filled lunch=exponential learning and connecting.
With that said, I have gained valuable insight and skill though one hour sessions as well. Michael Niehoff‘s #cue15 session, Transformative Leadership, is a good example. Structured shared, reflection, sharing… good stuff.
The face to face connecting at conferences is a huge part of the realtime and longterm learning. It’s so exciting to meet a Voxer or Twitter colleague. Solidified relationships that are already deep and meaningful. One of my favorite aspects of a conference.
Can’t not bring #isf into the mix. IntegratEd is more about the thinking BEHIND the doing. Does that make sense? Session are long (at least 2 hours, I recall). The focus is on the thinking, rationale, pedagogy with some of the doing embedded. Educon is a dream of mine; one day, I will get there. My experience with #isf brings what I’ve read and followed of #educon to mind. Similar? I’ll find out eventually.
So to answer the question. My ideal conference:
- no more than 4 sessions in a day (more like 3)
- some long, some short
- equal parts talking/thinking/sharing with doing
- long lunch for face to face collaboration
- lots of sharing on Twitter (love to include the home-attendees, often it’s me attending from home)
Next up on my conference calendar: #NAESP First time attender. Can’t wait!