Building Capacity for Online Interaction: Planning and Delivering a Virtual Conference

A session at ACE / NETC version 2.011

Monday 13th June, 2011

1:30pm to 3:15pm (MST)

As travel costs and time limitations impinge on our participation in F2F events, we need to prepare our system for greater reliance on virtual events for effective outreach, training, networking and collaboration. In planning and implementing a virtual summit conceptualized to ‘build capacity’, we as ‘tech support’ made the opportunity to also focus on how we could build capacity in our system for participation in online events as both presenters and engaged audience participants. Hosting the virtual event can be relatively easy with today’s technology – but providing the advance preparation and ongoing support for planners, presenters and audience participants to ensure a quality interactive event can be a challenge. Based on a Virtual Summit hosted by Extension’s CYFERnet with 400+ daily participants, we explore the differences between what’s possible, what’s planned and what happens. Flexibility to deal with the unexpected is a must, but we share our strategies and lessons learned in the training and support of novice online content experts; supporting the engagement and participation of a large, diverse audience; measuring the impact of ‘going green’; mixing media format to engage participants before, during and after the event; and archiving and repurposing its components for greater audience reach.

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Floyd Davenport

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Trudy Dunham
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Kyleen Burgess

NC Cooperative Extension Information Management Agent! Both sides of my pillow are cold. I've won trophies for my game face alone. bio from Twitter

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Terry Meisenbach
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Lela Vandenberg

Senior Leadership & Professional Development Specialist with Michigan State University Extension. bio from Twitter

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Time 1:30pm3:15pm MST

Date Mon 13th June 2011

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