Call for Presentations for Connect 2009!

THE CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS IS NOW CLOSED!
Thank you for making our second annual user conference such a great success.

Below, you are invited to submit a proposal to deliver a presentation at Wimba’s second annual users conference—-Wimba Connect 2009. Individuals representing all academic disciplines and instructional technology departments are welcome to submit proposals for concurrent session presentations. All presentations will be 50 minutes in duration.

If you'd like a few ideas, you can view many of the presentations from Wimba Connect 2008 here.

Topics for presentations can include:

Pre-conference workshops and main conference sessions will allow you to learn about:
  • Best practices
  • Lessons learned
  • Effective instructional and/or curriculum design
  • Funding
  • Policies and procedures
  • Internal marketing and adoption
  • Technology training and support
  • Non-instructional uses of Wimba software

Equipment:

Presenters will be required to bring a laptop. Hard-wired internet access, projector, projector screen, and audio will be provided for presenters.

Registration:

All presenters will only pay $199 for the entire conference. We recommend waiting to register for the conference once you’ve found out if your presentation has been accepted or declined.

Selection:

Final selection and scheduling of all sessions is at the discretion of the conference program committee. Selections will be announced shortly after November 10, 2008.

Deadline:

The deadline to submit proposals is October 10, 2008.
Please submit one completed application for each presentation proposal on or before October 10, 2008. If you have questions, please email Wimba Connect 2009’s conference committee at connect@wimba.com.

Fact #11 learned at Wimba Connect 2008

Before implementing Wimba, Drexel University’s Online Learning Team had to dispel several myths its faculty had about online learning; such as:
  1. “I will never be able to get my students together for any synchronous online chat sessions!”
  2. “My students will either think it is impossible to do chat sessions – or – they will not find any value in them anyway.”
  3. “By the way - conducting online chat sessions will be too much work for me!”
After surveying their instructors and students at the end of several semesters, more than 90% of the respondents made overwhelmingly positive comments about the value they received from Wimba.


Wimba Connect 2008 was a great experience--a wonderful opportunity to meet innovative people using technology in creative ways. The Wimba team was friendly, open, and informative. I'm looking forward to the 2009 conference to renew connections and build new ones!
-Rocky Keel, University of Missouri-St. Louis