Vitae researcher development conference 2009: realising the potential of researchers 08 September 2009 - 09 September 2009
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This year's Vitae conference will be using internet technologies to ‘amplify' the conference. The term ‘amplification' is used to mean that both presenters and conference participants will be encouraged to put their thoughts and reflections about the conference online.
- Enable a greater sharing of information and views
- Enable those who are unable to attend the physical conference to access some of the information
- Extend conference discussions before, during and after the conference
- Create a permanent record of the discussions
How will we ‘amplify' the Vitae conference?
- Conference blog
- Hashtag for current users of Web 2.0 tools
- Twitter as an official back-channel for the conference
There is no obligation to use any of these tools. You will be able to access all of the Vitae conference without going online at all. However, some people may find that the experience of networking, sharing practice and discussion is enhanced by use of online tools.
Conference facilities to facilitate online discussion
- Wireless access for all conference participants
- Laptops during plenary sessions
- Access to terminals during coffee/breaks
To ensure that you have full access throughout the conference you will need to bring a laptop or mobile device.
A blog is a website where entries are made in journal format and displayed in reverse chronological order with the most recent entry appearing first. They typically combine text, photos and links to other sites.
A hashtag is a label denoted by ‘#' that enables everyone to know which posts relate to the Vitae conference. Our conference hashtag is #vitae09.
Twitter is a free tool that enables you to share updates on what you are doing with others. It is frequently used at conferences to facilitate discussion. http://twitter.com/
The website My Charity Connects has an excellent glossary of current webspeak if you are starting to find this difficult to follow. See http://mycharityconnects.org/web2_0glossary
We encourage presenters and participants to add articles and comments to the Vitae conference blog. To add an article, log in, go to the dashboard (top left of page) and select ‘my discussion articles'. Logged in users can also comment on articles using the comments box beneath each article.
If you currently use any Web 2.0 services (e.g. Twitter, blogging tools, social bookmarking services) we would encourage you to use the hashtag #vitae09.
Register for a Twitter account at http://twitter.com/.
For some useful guidance and further explanation of the value of Twitter, go to http://web2practice.blip.tv/file/2247053/.
If you are concerned about presenting while people are twittering, it may be helpful to read ‘How to present while people are twittering' at http://pistachioconsulting.com/twitter-presentations/.
You may wish to follow http://twitter.com/Vitae_news to get regular updates on Vitae activities.