Trying something a little different in #VLS13

Posted on Apr 26, 2013

Regular readers will know that I participated in the Virtual Learning show towards the end of 2012, I had some original reservations around the thought of an entire day (the whole event was split over 2 non-consecutive days) being spent in online classrooms, however on the whole it was a positive experience, as you can read here.

I’m once again participating in the 2013 Virtual Learning Show, however this time I’ll be chairing a panel discussion which isn’t something you tend to see a lot of in online, synchronous activities. I won’t pretend that I don’t have some nerves about this:

  • Will having multiple ‘presenters’ cause problems?
  • As I want the panel to use their webcams, will this cause technical problems?
  • Will participants want to attend a session that doesn’t have a clearly defined structure and objectives?

However I’m sure that I’ll be able to put some of my concerns to bed over the next couple of months as I start to push Adobe Connect into areas I haven’t taken it before (either that or drastically change my plans!).

Whilst the title of the panel discussion is

How can emerging technology enrich our offerings and add value to our business?

I’m expecting that the session will turn into a general Q&A session between all participants.

When it came to selecting the panellists I wanted to avoid the ‘usual suspects’ and approached people who I know are doing some really great work within their own organisations but may not always get the airtime that I know they deserve – I hope you agree.

In order to maximise the time within the session itself, I’m inviting questions ahead of time via this Google Document

please feel free to drop any question you might have into this document.

Let us all know if you are planning on attending the panel discussion, or indeed #VLS13 in general.

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