ALT has had to cancel the OER20 Conference face to face in London, 1-2 April 2020. Instead we are going to offer a reduced programme of activities online.
If you are delivering a session as part part of the OER20 online programme, please take an opportunity to familiarise yourself with our Guidance for Presenters and get in touch at your earliest opportunity should you have any questions or require assistance.
Presenters’ pre-conference checklist:
- Registration: As you have previously registered to attend OER20 in London, you will automatically be registered for the online programme.
- Cancellations: If you are no longer able to give your presentation or submit a pre-recorded session, please contact [email protected] as soon as possible.
- Familiarise yourself with the guidance below for delivering webinars and pre-recorded sessions
- Check the OER20 Programme for session timings and plan your participation
- Promote your session to the community and encourage colleagues to register to participate, you can use the dedicated hashtag #OER20.
Guidance for live webinar sessions
The live webinar sessions will be run on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Even if you have used this web conferencing solution before, please take a chance to familiarise yourself with any new updates prior to delivering your session, as well as checking how the platform functions on your current setup and internet connection.
Here are some useful links:
- ALT’s tips for using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
- Blackboard – Get Started with Collaborate Ultra for Moderators – presenters will be given moderator privileges
- Blackboard Audio & Video Support
We will be running two orientation sessions at 2pm (BST) on Monday 30 March and Tuesday 31 March for anyone that would like familiarising themselves with the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra platform. To join these sessions visit the session link up to 30 minutes before the session start time.
If you have any technical difficulties prior to or during your session, please contact [email protected].
Accessing your live webinar session slot
Webinar sessions hosted by ALT can be accessed from the OER20 programme by clicking ‘Join Webinar’ from your session detail page.
You will be able to access Blackboard Ultra during breaks in order to prepare and upload any presentation slides. A member of the ALT Team will be in the session to grant you the necessary moderator rights and assist with uploading any content.
Session timings: Sessions are typically 1 hour in length and will usually contain up to 3 presentations. Please join the session in the break before your session is due to start. If you join during a 1 hour session slot you will have limited opportunity to check upload content and this time will be taken out of your overall talk time. Due to a tightly packed schedule, we will adhere to strict time limits for webinars based on the type of session you originally submitted, typically a 15-minute presentation with 5 minutes question and answer.
You will be sent an email with a form link to allow you to send us slides you would like pre-uploaded. Providing slides beforehand is optional if you are happy uploading your own content to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. If you did not receive this email please email [email protected]. The deadline for pre-upload slides is to other information/links is 4pm (BST) 31 March 2020.
We will not be pre-allocating session chairs for this conference. An ALT member of staff will be able to ensure that you are set up and ready to deliver the session on the conference platform.
Please note: All live webinar sessions will be recorded and made available for offline viewing following the conference unless a presenter explicitly requests that content is not recorded and/or shared.
Guidance for pre-recorded session
This guidance is for presenters that have already notified ALT that they would like to host their own webinar or do something else as part of the OER20 programme.
Your session has been scheduled into the OER20 programme to provide attendees with a suggested timetable for their conference experience. However, your session will be available as soon as it is uploaded and will remain available following the close of the conference unless you notify us that you would like the content removed.
Your pre-recorded content can be in any format you want and may include videos, blog posts or other mediums. From your session page we can link to pre-recorded resources. Your session page also has basic functionality for attendees to comment and ask questions. As part of your pre-recorded content you might want to provide additional instructions with how attendees can comment/respond (e.g. you might to encourage people to respond via a Twitter hashtag).
You will be sent an email with a form link to allow you to include any details/resources you would like on your session page. If you did not receive this email please email [email protected]. The deadline for pre-recorded content is 9am (BST) 30 March.
Guidance for ‘other’ sessions presenters
This guidance is for presenters that have already notified ALT that they would like to pre-record their session for inclusion in the OER20 programme.
Your session has been scheduled into the OER20 programme and categorised as an ‘other’ session. Other sessions have a 1 hour slot in the programme and you are welcome to use as much or as little of this time as you want.
You will be sent an email with a form link to allow you to include any details/resources you would like on your session page. If you did not receive this email please email [email protected]. The deadline for links to other information/links is 9am (BST) 30 March 2020.
Catch up and recordings
The conference platform will remain available so that you can catch up on any sessions that you missed and presenters can share their sessions with a wider audience. Please notify us if you would like your session recording to be removed.
If you are tweeting or blogging about your experience, please share your posts by using the #OER20 hashtag. We will be looking out for peoples posts and collating them as a conference resource.
Your feedback is especially important this year, so please take a moment to share your thoughts with us following the close of the conference using the feedback form that will be emailed to you directly.
We’d like to say a huge thank you for your continued support during this very unusual time. We would have loved to see you all in London in person, but it is definitely a strong consolation that the community has rallied in such a fantastic way to ensure that the essence of OER20 is still delivered and your fantastic contributions will now be shared with and enjoyed by a wider audience than ever before.