The conference is using a series of hashtags to focus tweets around conversations amongst our virtual participants. These conversations are a great way to get that feeling of hallway discussions virtually, and are open to registered #OLCAccelerate virtual participants as well as to those who were not able to attend, but would like to join the dialog. We encourage you to use these hashtags in your tweets: #OLCAccelerate, #OLCvirtual.
Additionally, here are several other ways that you can connect to other conference participants, both virtual and in-person:
A quiet space is ideal, and headphones or earbuds help to ensure you can hear as well as possible.
Set yourself up with some tasty snacks and drinks before you settle in.
Take some time to gather a plan together of the sessions you want to experience.
Bonus planning tip: gather your plan into a document that you can use to take collaborative notes with your peer network.
Use the OLC conference app or website to pre-plan the sessions you want to view using the My Schedule option (you must be logged in to your OLC account to use this feature. Note: All sessions are listed here, but virtual attendees only have sessions marked as “streaming” available to watch.)
Block off time on your calendar so that others know you are busy. Be OK with saying no to meetings or appointments during that time, just like you would if you were travelling to the conference.