ERIC Number: EJ847828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 0
"At Least One" Way to Add Value to Conferences
Wilson, Warren J.
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v28 n2 p4-5 2005
In "EDUCAUSE Quarterly," Volume 25, Number 3, 2002, Joan Getman and Nikki Reynolds published an excellent article about getting the most from a conference. They listed 10 strategies that a conference attendee could use to maximize the conference's yield in information and motivation: (1) Plan ahead; (2) Set realistic expectations; (3) Use e-mail to keep yourself on track, both at the conference and afterwards; (4) Write a daily summary of what you learn; (5) Share all of your ideas and experiences with your colleagues; (6) "Divide and conquer" the program with colleagues for the most benefit to your institution; (7) Talk to people at the sessions you attend to create a network of new colleagues; (8) Attend sessions that will introduce you to new ideas rather than those where you might feel the most comfortable; (9) When you return home, set up an action plan (with milestones) and commit yourself to reflecting on and assessing what you have learned; and (10) Realize that the effect of attending a conference could be as subtle as a change in attitude. These suggestions will help a person efficiently use the conference experience, the conference tools, and related presentations back on his own campus. In this article, the author shares some additional advice based on the "at least one" principle.
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Attendance, Attitude Change, Professional Development, Social Networks, Goal Orientation, Check Lists
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