On 18th July 2019, I took part in my first #TwitterConference - #HCTwitterConf19 a conference were all the presentations were composed of a thread of tweets over 10-15 minutes with 5-10 minutes for questions. The format allowed for anyone anywhere to attend and take part. No conference fee and with no miles travelled!! #Sustainable #NoAirMiles #HappyDays
The schedule for the day was non-stop and the presentations were woven around the conference theme #MakingConnections My presentation was entitled WHY SHOULD I BOTHER? and aimed to provoke reflections on why it is increasingly crucial to be actively connecting and connected through online communities and networks. How these practices can/do impact upon all facets of thinking & futures within and beyond Higher Education. You can review my presentation on the conference schedule page. When there, click on the presentation title.
While the dread and fear of making a mess of posting the tweets was palpable (added to that I was up first - eek!) it was a really worthwhile experience. The process of trying to articulate my thinking with limited characters was very much akin to the process of making. In both the process of building a narrative that invites responses and/or discussion is an iterative cycle. A cycle that continues through discussions once that work is presented to an audience.
The fast paced structure of the presentations over nearly 10 hours meant that it was difficult to engage 100% for the whole day. However the main advantage of this format was that you could, at your leisure, review all the presentations over a longer period by simply going to the presenters Twitter profile. With ThreadApp making the viewing and reading of each presentation in sequence much easier. It was really refreshing and interesting to be engaging with colleagues from around the world, learning about their experiences and practices. A lot can be learned from a love of GIFs!!