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Virtual Conference?

Posted by Angi Moore @angela_k_moore, Oct 23, 2020

I am seeing last year's conference come up in my social media memories. What a great experience! Are there plans for a virtual conference this year?

A virtual conference would be really great, I'd love to attend!

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I would also be interested!

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Ok, if I was going to plan a virtual Mayo social media conference I would consider devoting one completely to CoVid in January. CoVid will dominate healthcare business for most of 2021. Disinformation, vaccine bias, Digital trust etc will all be great topics.

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We had a 2-day virtual conference in June in coordination with SHSMD. I really missed the personal stories and interactive presentations of the in-person format. It made me realize so much of what is great about Mayo's conference is the impromptu sharing, table conversations, and debates.
https://www.shsmd.org/education/advanced-health-care-social-media-digital-marketing-virtual-conference

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I am attending a two day conference in 2 days; i agree there is something good about attending a conference in person. I wonder what is better about virtual conferences and if virtual conferences can be formatted in such a way to possiblymake them better? For example, i wonder if longer break times in between sessions (20 minutes?) could be helpful—since we are at home, we could take more advantage of that? there is also the recording, and sometimes the question sessions are quite good virtually.

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I would also be interested in attending either a virtual or in-person event.

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@matthewrehrl

I am attending a two day conference in 2 days; i agree there is something good about attending a conference in person. I wonder what is better about virtual conferences and if virtual conferences can be formatted in such a way to possiblymake them better? For example, i wonder if longer break times in between sessions (20 minutes?) could be helpful—since we are at home, we could take more advantage of that? there is also the recording, and sometimes the question sessions are quite good virtually.

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If we had more of a zoom-like experience where we could see and interact with one another, it would go some way toward improving the experience. I don't know if it's watch a presentation, then join a zoom to discuss, or if interacting during the event is more helpful, but I know text chat to ask questions does not generate side conversations at all. Maybe if we were all in a zoom with a presenter and could unmute and ask a question live, that could feel more like the in-person equivalent — but of course it could get abused and become hard to follow.

The worst is when you just see some powerpoint slides and hear a disembodied voice reading them to you.

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@apafford

If we had more of a zoom-like experience where we could see and interact with one another, it would go some way toward improving the experience. I don't know if it's watch a presentation, then join a zoom to discuss, or if interacting during the event is more helpful, but I know text chat to ask questions does not generate side conversations at all. Maybe if we were all in a zoom with a presenter and could unmute and ask a question live, that could feel more like the in-person equivalent — but of course it could get abused and become hard to follow.

The worst is when you just see some powerpoint slides and hear a disembodied voice reading them to you.

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agree. I think there are probably better ways than simple powerpoint presentations. For example, at Amazon, they don't use powerpoints. Everyone reads a 1-2 page summary of the information prior to a meeting and then they discuss.

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@matthewrehrl

Ok, if I was going to plan a virtual Mayo social media conference I would consider devoting one completely to CoVid in January. CoVid will dominate healthcare business for most of 2021. Disinformation, vaccine bias, Digital trust etc will all be great topics.

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That would be fantastic! I'm interested in seeing how social media can connect people who are dealing with isolating conditions. Taking it a step further, I'd love to see examples of how social media helps people see that there is help for a condition they previously thought was untreatable

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@apafford

If we had more of a zoom-like experience where we could see and interact with one another, it would go some way toward improving the experience. I don't know if it's watch a presentation, then join a zoom to discuss, or if interacting during the event is more helpful, but I know text chat to ask questions does not generate side conversations at all. Maybe if we were all in a zoom with a presenter and could unmute and ask a question live, that could feel more like the in-person equivalent — but of course it could get abused and become hard to follow.

The worst is when you just see some powerpoint slides and hear a disembodied voice reading them to you.

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I agree! I really like seeing people's faces and connecting!

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@matthewrehrl

I am attending a two day conference in 2 days; i agree there is something good about attending a conference in person. I wonder what is better about virtual conferences and if virtual conferences can be formatted in such a way to possiblymake them better? For example, i wonder if longer break times in between sessions (20 minutes?) could be helpful—since we are at home, we could take more advantage of that? there is also the recording, and sometimes the question sessions are quite good virtually.

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I imagine the answer will differ by discipline. I attended several days of a virtual conference with the American Psychological Association. The virtual format enabled me to go! (it's usually too expensive and too much time/cost to travel to it – I am located in Toronto). The breakout sessions (Speaker available for discussion, Q and A after a symposium session) turned out to be a strong factor in the consolidation of my learning. I always left those sessions with a desire for "more time" in that space. Breakout sessions had large numbers of people, so few people had an opportunity to speak/ask questions. Would have been nice to have had more time.

I also noticed that several symposium talks appeared to be so devoted to "making them interesting" that scientific concepts appeared to be lacking. I am a clinician-scientist by training, so I do value theory and its applications, and the presentation of science in ways that I expect. IMO, When presentations/speakers present with a sense of "guest on the Oprah Show", the balance has swung a bit too far on the side of "interesting" and "conversational". I did provide feedback about that. Some presenters really seemed to get the balance "right" … With virtual access continuing, I look forward to revisiting the presentation to examine what contributed to that!

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@matthewrehrl

agree. I think there are probably better ways than simple powerpoint presentations. For example, at Amazon, they don't use powerpoints. Everyone reads a 1-2 page summary of the information prior to a meeting and then they discuss.

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Even getting some to read the name of the meeting can be a challenge. The speed with which termination comes at Amazon may prompt better literacy.

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