conVerge13 – Themes, keynote speakers and call for papers


conVerge13: Engage your learner, grow your business

 Do you have the resources, strategies and skills to make e-learning work for your business?

This year conVerge13 offers you a range of experiences from stimulating presentations to interactive workshops. You will leave conVerge13 with tangible e-learning strategies to implement back at your workplace, and knowledge of the various e-learning resources available to you.

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Keynote speakers

We are excited to announce the following keynote speakers for conVerge13: Anders Sorman-Nilsson, Adam Smith, Associate Professor Ruth Wallace and Red Symons.

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Call for papers

Engage your learner, grow your business. Does our e-learning conference theme excite you? Do you have an idea for a stimulating presentation, an interactive workshop or a challenging discussion group? We are seeking presentations and workshops exploring our major theme and workshop themes no later than Friday 2 August 2013.

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Tweets from conVerge12

It was great to find – via Jo Norbury – this new tool called Tweet Archivist for archiving and analysing tweets.

Tweet archive for conVerge12

Tweet archive for conVerge12

If you click on the image above and go to the site, you can click on each analysis for specific data, or download the tweets as a excel spreadsheet. It also provides useful analysis on who was tweeting and from what devices. There are also a bunch of photos that we hadn’t seen either.

Last year we used tweetdoc to collate the tweets in a PDF. We decided to use it again this year, as the tweets are a little easier on the eye in this format than in a spreadsheet.

conVerge12 and Twitter

A presenter in front of her audience

Nancy White at conVerge11

I was asked recently to provide a list of tools for displaying and collecting Twitter feeds for our next e-learning conference, conVerge12.

The wonderful thing about using Twitter for a conference is that it extends the conference beyond the time and space of its various presentations. Outsiders who can’t make it can get a sense of what’s going on in the conversations. Tweeting of keynotes at conVerge11 has helped improve the reputation of the conference as others in Australia got a taste of what was happening in real time.

Another great advantage of using Twitter is that it can enrich presentations: questions to the speaker can be put through the feed, and speakers can sometimes ask the audience to insert their own content into the feed (such as pictures).

So a few tools are available for displaying tweets on a big screen, along side the presenter’s PowerPoint or live video feed. I decided to go for Twitterwall, as it’s free and works great, but there is also Tweetwall.

What makes these tools especially cool and powerful is that they allow tweets to be validated before they appear on the screen. This is very interesting as it prevents spamming, and it allows the administrator (me) to exclude irrelevant and non-suitable tweets (ie. tweets that contain aggressive or disrespectful language for instance).

If you want to have a more attractive display of the tweets, you can use Visible Tweets. I’ve used it during presentation breaks in the break areas to give reminders of what was said.

After an event you may want to have a record of all the tweets. Last year I used tweetdoc which saves all the tweets with the conference hashtag into a PDF document. I also like the look of If This Then That for directing a set of hashtags into the cloud service Evernote.

Photo: Nancy White, by howard61 on flickr.