Attended the International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE) 2005 at NIE last week, from Wednesday (20 Nov) to Friday (2 Dec).
Useful, informative and great for meeting people. Also had a great physical workout — climbing flights of stairs to LT1A (at NTU) for the 9am and 1.30pm keynotes, striding quickly every one or two hours from LT to LT (lecture theatre) at one end of the NIE cluster of buildings to the other, lugging along (among other things) a notebook PC, an iPod (with iTalk), a small digital camera and brochures from the exhibitors. By the second day, I’d left the hardcopy 985-page proceedings at home and started referring to the softcopy CDs instead.
One great pity though — 10 concurrent tracks full of interesting information and there’s only one me. If only I could easily switch channels… if only the conference organizer had made use of 10 virtual rooms in addition to the 10 physical rooms for the speakers to present their papers!
THEN PARTICIPANTS can choose to listen to and interact with speakers either virtually or physically. Those who prefer face-to-face (f2f) contact can still move from room to room. But those who prefer switching channels (I know many people walk out of many presentations halfway to go into others) can stay in one room and use their PCs to listen to and to interact with the speakers. When necessary, they can walk over to the room where the speaker is.
All participants can easily meet one another f2f during breaks and meal times. In addition, remote speakers and participants can join in the conference too. And recordings can be easily done and made available for further review, comments, etc.
Why isn’t anyone doing this in Singapore? OR why don’t someone appoint me as conference organizer and give me some free rein? Maybe it’s time for me to take some initiative? That is, after I’ve finished my thesis…
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