What’s an online conference?
All sessions with be presented online, through a paid web-based platform called GoToWebinar. Technically, each session will be a separate webinar, with a host (Jen or Maren) and panelists or a presenter. As an audience member, you’ll be able to see and hear us and any slides or other screen information we share. All you need to join is a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access that will allow you to stream the conference video and audio. If your internet gets wonky, you’ll be able to phone in at no extra charge (it will be a US phone number).
How do I ask questions or make a comment?
Each session will include time for discussion. There’s a built-in Question feature in GoToWebinar — that’s what you’ll use. Your typed comments will go to the host, who will then be able to ask your question “on air” as it were. You will remain anonymous. If you need to let the host know about any issues, you can use the Chat feature, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I have to watch live, or will the sessions be recorded?
New for 2016, we’re planning on recording the conference sessions so that registered attendees can watch live or up to 3 weeks afterward. Exciting! Live will be better — you’ll be able to get your own questions in to our speakers and engage in real time on social media with other attendees and speakers.
How can I interact with fellow conference attendees?
We encourage participants and speakers to use social media to share what they’re learning, make comments, ask questions, and otherwise discuss what’s happening! Use the hashtag #beyondprof on Twitter. Registered participants will receive an invitation to join a secret Facebook group, too. Using social media is optional.
I’ve registered. How to I access the sessions?
We’ll send you everything you need to know several days before the conference begins — assuming you’ve registered that far in advance! You’ll get detailed instructions including links to sign up for every session. Because each session is technically it’s own webinar, you’ll have to sign up for the ones you want, which can be all of them, or just a selection. Once you’re signed up (a very quick and easy process), GoToWebinar will send you a unique link to log in to each session you chose to attend. On the day in question, you’ll click this link to access the session — and voila! you’ll be at the conference. GoToWebinar may prompt you to download a plugin the first time you do this, to enable the technology to work on your system. This worked great last year, but do let us know if you encounter any difficulties.
I’d love to attend by the cost is prohibitive for me.
If you’re a current student or postdoc, encourage your institution to purchase registrations for you and your colleagues. We offer bulk purchases to colleges and universities.
If you are enrolled at a university that may be willing and able to purchase registrations for its students, let us know who we should contact to arrange this.