My post last week regarding online identities, specifically in relation to social media and Twitter seemed to resonate far more than I was expecting. I thought aloud last week via Twitter that a conference of some sort might be an idea, but that was about it. I tweeted earlier this evening – in response to a point by my excellent colleague, Chris Newman – that a ‘conference’ was a way of taking this forward but I had already planned on setting out some thoughts as a starting point for discussion. So…here goes…
I’ve decided to knock together a small research bid to get some funding for some refreshments/pay for key speakers to travel etc. Here’s as far as my thoughts have taken me thus far with regard to the actual event:
- It should be a one day event, and should allow people sufficient time to travel the venue – and we can use my own Uni (make a change to have an event ‘up North’).
- The emphasis should be on discussion/exploring ideas rather than ‘sit and listen’
- Nonetheless, there needs to be some sort of primer to discussion – how best is this achieved? Some key speakers – HE leaders, academics, students? Starting points for discussion?
- We should try and include students and those outside ‘the Academy’
- Follow up discussion slot – possible at ALT and/or SLSA Annual Conferences in April next year?
- Tweeting would be encouraged?