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PRESENTATION FORMATS

DESCRIPTION OF PRESENTATION FORMATS

FOCUSING ON MAXIMIZING INTERACTION, EXCHANGE, SHARING THROUGH SHORT PRESENTATIONS – QUESTIONS & ANSWERS – DISCUSSIONS

All presenters are listed in the Program Schedule.

1. Plenaries

The 1 hour and 1½ hour moderated plenaries for all delegates gathered in the main conference hall feature:

  • 2 to 3-minute introduction and outline of the plenary
  • 3 to 5 presentations exploring major developments, trends, challenges and opportunities related to the conference theme of Teaching in a Digital Age and the Five Tracks
  • 15 to 20 minutes of questions and answers

2. Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions A

These 1-hour moderated concurrent sessions feature:

  • 10 minutes in total for a presentation
  • Each presentation joins 2 or 3 others linked by a common theme in a 1-hour session
  • If a presentation has more than one presenter, the co-presenters share the 10 minutes as they wish
  • Due to the 10-minute time allocation, presenters are advised to have no more than 4 PowerPoint slides
  • All session presenters will also participate in an interactive 15-minute question, answer and discussion period at the end of the session

Concurrent Sessions B

These 1½ hour moderated concurrent sessions feature:

  • 15 minutes in total for a presentation
  • Each presentation joins 3 others linked by a common theme in a 1½-hour session
  • If a presentation has more than one presenter, the co-presenters share the 15 minutes as they wish
  • Due to the 15-minute time allocation, presenters are advised to have no more than 6 PowerPoint slides
  • All session presenters will also participate in an interactive 15-minute question, answer and discussion period at the end of the session

3. Concurrent Workshops

These 1-hour concurrent workshops feature:

  • A 2 to 3-minute introduction and outline of the workshop by a moderator
  • Hands-on engagement and demonstration of technologies, tools or concepts by 1 or more presenters (if there is more than 1 presenter in the workshop, the hour is shared equally by the presenters)
  • Questions and answers throughout the workshop

Presenters are responsible for all materials needed for the workshop, including handouts or photocopies. The World Conference on Online Learning will not provide assistance with making photocopies. A copy service is available within the Sheraton Hotel, with any costs for materials covered by the presenter.

4. Special Briefings

These 1-hour special briefings, presented by an expert, on a set of specific resources, processes, developments and trends to help one’s teaching, research and/or planning include:

  • 5-minute introduction and outline of topic
  • 40-minute exploration of major developments, trends, challenges and opportunities related to the topic
  • 15 minutes of questions and answers

5. Panel Discussions

These 1-hour moderated panel discussions feature:

  • A 2 to 3-minute introduction and outline of the panel discussion
  • 3 to 5 presenters exploring a common theme, sharing analyses, insights and experiences (please note the purpose of the Panel Discussion is to share insights in a conversational format – presenters may not make use of a PowerPoint presentation but rather will share their insights/experiences in response to the central theme of the discussion)
  • Questions and answers as well as discussions throughout

6. Posters

Poster presentations may be in one of two formats:

1) A printed poster; or
2) An electronic poster on a laptop

Each presenter or group of co-presenters prepare their poster in one of the formats noted above and display it in an assigned location in advance of the scheduled time. For a set period of time advertised in the conference program, all delegates are invited to visit the location and move from poster to poster reading and asking questions of the presenters.

Presenters stand by their respective posters to:

  • Give a very brief, one-on-one or group presentation on their project, research or experience repeatedly as delegates visit throughout the scheduled time period
  • Answer questions and engage in informal discussion on their content with delegates who visit

If presenters choose the printed option, the World Conference will have easels and/or other suitable stands to display printed posters.

If presenters choose the electronic format, poster presentations may be 2 to 3 PowerPoint slides, for a maximum of 3 to 5 minutes. Electrical connections and Internet connectivity will be available. Presenters must provide their own laptop and power cable, and are responsible for the security of their laptop.

Presenters will be asked to identify their preferred option prior to the World Conference to ensure easels or stands are available.

Poster guidelines are available on the World Conference website.

7. EdTech Showcase Sessions

These ½-hour interactive sessions feature:

  • 2 to 3-minute introduction and outline of the showcase
  • Presentation by 1 or more representatives of a leading technology company showcasing its new products and services, including case studies of successful application that support teaching and learning
  • Questions and answers throughout