I have been desk-bound in the last two years, travelling little and attended only a handful of conferences. However, Fablusi is helping to organise the LOW2 conference in Melbourne here in November (OK Roni does all the work!). So I have been thinking why, in this increasingly online environment, we still want to meet face to face?
Good food and wine, relaxing in a different city, away from daily work and having a holiday paid by your employer are good reasons enough to justify attending conference.
As organiser, we need to think how to create a rewarding conference experience for the participants. Here are a few suggestions:
[ideas from Ausweb]
I.e. try to maximize the benefits of having face to face interactions.
One more killer tool, which we shall implement during LOW2, which meant to be a secret is (don't tell the LOW2 participants yet.)
*The final wordings we agreed after the email game is:
We use online role play because it encourages deep approaches to learning through safe, yet challenging, explorations of perspectives.
- Online Role-Play Expert Reference Group