@mtechman Melissa and I were discussing #AERA15 and how awesome it is when conferences have wifi. The cost of providing wifi is astronomical but essential. She brought up the idea of the edcamp unconference model. That got me thinking how could we do a #literacies unconference.
If there were enough folks interested I would be more than happy to help organize one. I was thinking it could work like this:
- use the unhangouts plug-in for hangouts (if available).
- each session an hour
- Have ten slots available (add extra hours after if many submissions)
- Publish all proposals in the open and unblinded
- We upvote the proposals.
- Highest ten make program.
The voting rather than the famous index card board is a little un-unconferency here but I think it works. This would mean all proposal submitters are also all conference reviewers. There is no rubric. We know each others work; we cite the same scholars without reading theirs.
Basically we know good work. Vote for your ten proposals. Use two guiding questions: Is the research and work relevant to you? Do you trust the motives, methods and results?
We have the ten rooms going on using the unhangout plug-in. You still get to vote with your feet. In this example you would be voting with a cursor, but a similar format could work IRL.
This would also mean clarity in proposal writing. Being concise takes work. Clear and predictable text structures help your audience and chance of acceptance. No word count but remember you have to read everyone else's work too. Keep it manageable. Link to data and long form analysis rather than include. Use the abstract as your metaphor.