Fishbowl: So What's Virtually Connecting All About Anyways?
Concurrent Session 6
Virtually Connecting seeks to enliven virtual participation in academic conferences.This session demonstrates what a Virtually Connecting session looks like.
Virtually Connecting seeks to enliven virtual participation in academic conferences, widening access to a fuller conference experience for those who cannot be physically present at conferences.
Using emerging technologies (such as Google Hangouts on Air), we connect onsite conference presenters with virtual participants in small groups. This allows virtual conference attendees to meet and talk with conference presenters, something not usually possible. Each session is recorded and, whenever possible, live streamed, to allow additional virtual attendees to participate in the discussion by listening and asking questions via Twitter.
The purpose of this session is to demonstrate what a Virtually Connection session looks like. Borrowing from the "Fish Bowl" teaching strategy, participants will be able to observe a live Virtually Connecting session. The "inner circle" of the fishbowl will consist of those participating in the live streamed Virtually Connecting session from onsite, and those participating in the Virtually Connecting session through the Google Hangout. The session audience and those choosing to view the live stream on YouTube will make up the outer circle of the fish bowl. This allows those who may not be comfortable with actively participating in a session to see how the sessions work, and glean a deeper understanding about how one might be able to participate in this type of hybrid conference experience.
The topic of the virtually connecting session will be drawn from the conference themes.