This is the first of three posts about the JISC Innovating eLearning conference. The second post is on the sessions I attended in the activity week. The final post is on the sessions I attended in the main conference week.
Last month I attended JISC’s online conference, Innovating eLearning: Shaping the Future. Now that the end of term is here and things have slowed down a bit I’ve had some time to reflect on the experience. The following posts will go into more detail about the sessions I attended in the activity and conference weeks, but first up, here’s a note on the practicalities of attending an online conference.
All of the conference sessions were delivered through Blackboard Collaborate. It’s easy to use and if you’re familiar with any other online conferencing software you’ll recognise many features. I had a few issues with Java on my work computer to begin with, but once these were sorted it was all plain sailing. Out of interested I joined a couple of sessions using the Collaborate app on my iPad. Again this was so simple to use and looked stylish, but lacked a little of the functionality, e.g. whiteboard features.
In addition to the live sessions, the conference was supported by a Moodle site. This provided a place for blogs, discussion forums and all the information you could possibly want to know about the conference and how it worked. And of course all sessions were recorded and were posted on the site almost immediately after the session ended.