Comments on: A class is a meeting https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-design/2022/09/a-class-is-a-meeting/ Unconferences, peer conferences, participant-driven events, and facilitation Wed, 14 Sep 2022 20:52:05 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.2 By: Adrian Segar https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-design/2022/09/a-class-is-a-meeting/#comment-88288 Wed, 14 Sep 2022 20:52:05 +0000 https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=25488#comment-88288 Once again, Joan, we are sympatico. The experience highlighted for me the difficulty people have in changing how they do things (even as they say they should be done differently) when embedded in a culture that does not do them that way.

Yes, the remote audience was treated badly. Again, I don’t think the presenters had much, if any, experience of leading hybrid meeting formats. Newbies tend to concentrate on the in-person audience at the remote audience’s expense. Given that in this case the remote audience was 90+% of the attendees, this was particularly unfortunate.

I believe there was a passing mention at the start of using the #newcollegeclassroom hashtag on Twitter. But I believe there was no further mention. A few people used the hashtag, and there was a tiny bit of interaction. Some of the tweets were retweeted by the organizer later and positive ones were assembled into a Twitter “moment”. The hashtag should have been emphasized and encouraged. Having an event concierge who shared anything interesting with the hashtag would have helped provide a little connection with the remote audience, who had no other significant channel where they could comment or interact. (Discord is another channel that could have been used; it’s more popular with younger folks on social media.)

One of the presenters “liked” a Tweet about this post, so maybe they will/have read it and take my POV into account for future presentations of this sort.

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By: Joan Eisenstodt https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-design/2022/09/a-class-is-a-meeting/#comment-88287 Wed, 14 Sep 2022 18:39:37 +0000 https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=25488#comment-88287 Oh so many thoughts as I read and then reread your notes, Adrian, and your tweets. First: years ago, I observed – and those who are in hospitality/meeting academia can’t tell me – that meetings seemed to be designed after the standard US school day: opening session (home room); breaks (walk to the next class with hope of time to use a restroom and never time for a snack); break-out sessions (all the rest of the day); receptions/off-site events (pep rally, sporting event, dance or other like event) – and finally free of the structure at either.

Some of their information and your illumination of it impressed on me to remember to do ‘just that’!

Alas, the treatment of the virtual audience made my heart, head, and most of all, my aural learner, cringe. IF they’d said they were using Open Space Technology principles – “whenever it starts is the only time it could’ve”; “when it’s over it’s over” – perhaps one could accept the late start and the early-for-the-virtual-audience end. If they’d used any sort of ability for those attending virtually to interact – including comments using a hashtag on twitter* – perhaps a closed chat with the numbers would’ve made sense. I’ve made connections with so many interesting people through open chats for e-Cornell and other programs from early in COVID days; as valuable as the content of the programs – maybe more so since they are lasting.

The very l-o-n-g intro was inexcusable. I fear I’d have departed my screen as it went on. It is not unlike many of our own industry’s virtual events or even physical events where the glories of the sponsors are provided with videos, speeches, and unrelatable information.

Sigh. The cockeyed optimist in me continues to look for how things have changed since the 2 years of time to think deeply about delivery of information and how to enhance the interaction among participants.

We’re “not there yet” are we?

*I didn’t go to twitter to see if your tweets were responded to in real-time. Were they? Was that kind of interaction noted and encouraged when the program began and it was explained why the chat was off — or was that even noted in the opening?

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