Conference Presentation Formats
There are three new formats of presentation at conference this year:
- Facilitated, ground-up plenary
- Change stories
- Stand ups
Each of these formats represents an attempt to respond either to feedback from attendees in previous years, or to create a climate for learning at TLC2015 that is engaging, responsive and creates opportunities for multiple kinds fo learning.
Facilitated, ground-up plenary
This is a hybrid genre - part presentations, part key-note, part interactive collaborative learning experience. It is characterised by a resistance to centralising and simplifying tendencies, offering questions, perspectives and suggestions, not answers. We have drawn, from submissions made to conference, a diversity of speakers into the plenary space around different aspects of a key issue. We expect that speakers ideas about the topic at hand will converge at some points and diverge radically at others. Attendees can expect a framing presentation by the Chair, followed by a number of presentations, interspersed with opportunities for pair discussion, small group activities, creative learning tasks and reflective moments.
In a climate where we're increasingly aware of how certain voices are silenced by institutional structures, we wanted to create, within the context of conference, as supportive a space as possible for such stories to be shared. Change story sessions will be characterised by a personal engagement with issues, highlighting the role affect, background and history play in how we learn in and navigate academic and professional settings. Each change story venue is facilitated and will culminate in an audience activity.
Speakers interact with a small audience (10 people each cycle, three cycles with a five minute moving time between cycles), around a bar table in one of the communal spaces in Kramer. Speakers have 15 minutes with each group. We suggest that speakers use no more than 8 to 10 minutes for presentation, and allow time for questions or discussion from the group. You might choose to structure the time differently, with a demo and then conversation, or break up the time into short inputs with discussion between. Use the time as flexibly as you’d like. At the end of a cycle (15min), the group disperses to other tables, and the speaker has 10 new people to speak to. We’re hoping speakers won’t try to do too much in this time, but focus on getting the audience on board with their key ideas. For inspiration think short Ted talks, or pecha kucha talks etc.