A virtual progression? Why not?

Hello again, IDL SIG members! We would like to try a new activity and need your support and enthusiasm to participate. If you have ever been to an STC Summit, our annual conference, you know that there are several sessions called 'progressions' where several presenters each do a short talk on a theme-related topic (such as instructional design), sitting at a table surrounded by attendees. After 20-25 minutes, a bell goes off and attendees change tables (progress) to another table where that presenter then repeats his or her presentation. Usually there are three iterations of each presentation, so attendees learn about three different topics in the session. Because we are a virtual community, we are going to try out a virtual progression. The way we think it will work is: we will have 2-4 presenters who present simultaneously in different Adobe Connect sessions. These would be half hour presentations, with a 15-minute bio break where attendees would log out of the first Connect room that they were in, and log back in to the second Connect room they want to attend. Presenters would stay in the same room and give their presentation again. We would record each session and for the price of attending, attendees (and presenters) would get all recordings to listen later to the ones not attended "live." The whole event would be over with within an hour and a half. We haven't set pricing for attendees, given that this is first time we've tried this. We will likely pay a small honorarium to our presenters. These needn't be heavy duty presentations - in only a half hour, it would likely be 20-25 minutes of presentation and 5-10 minutes for live questions. Presenters would not be alone: a SIG leader who is familiar with how Adobe Connect works will be in the room to help with fielding questions, etc. (plus we'd likely have a rehearsal so presenters feel completely comfortable with the program and can concentrate on their presentation.) SIG Members:  would you volunteer to present at this first-ever, ground-breaking event? It would be wonderful if the topic were related to instructional design and learning, but if you had a great idea for another topic we might be able to fit that in! If you are willing to present, does the thought of doing it on December 5 scare you?  It would be nice to get this done before the holiday season really gears up and distracts everyone from work and professional development. (And we would like to use the event for bonus points on the Community Achievement Award application, so it must be done in 2015.) Because this is our first attempt, we may not invite anyone from outside the SIG... we'll try out the logistics internally first and then do it again (same or different presentations) in the Spring of 2016. It's another reason to say YES! to presenting, because you'd be among friends! No judgement, just support! And those who cannot volunteer to present, does this sound like an attractive event to attend? Robert and Mellissa really can't wait to see/hear/read your responses.  Fire away!

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