Anyway, here you find some practical tips how to host an unconference.]]>
The concept might be clear for you but here are couple of links to the subject:
Wikipedia and unconference unconference
Business 2.0 Mag article, Why “unconferences” are fun conferences fun conferences]]>
I fully agree with Owen, when he states: ‘no specators, only participants’, the problem however is that organizing every possible spectator into a contributing participant requires a lot of preparation. But since we are all students in the academic sense (study topics of interest, researchers in our own domains) we could end up with a seminar without straight content structured meetings. We are supposed to be serious hard-boiled scientists, but we all have our hobby’s, don’t we? (this, ofcourse, is followed by self-criticizing laughter)
So: let’s agree on some topics that structure our seminar (our half year ‘themes’). For instance: a morning session on ‘interfaces’ (with a few short readings that have been published here in advance, with a lot of -structured – discussion), an afternoon with demonstrations on topics that cover this theme. Next day: next theme with demos). And perhaps: a guest lecturer.
This is a serious breach with former seminars, where the topics were clear, but the ‘leading principles’ were left out because of the very practical reason that we have projects and lots of interesting things around our MA.
But this sounds much too structured, I’m afraid. But, then: it’s still called a ‘seminar’. It only does not last a week…
Just some thoughts trying to accomplish the impossible…]]>
I think in last seminar we lack of moments for discussion, and, personally, I feel we should focus the seminar in this exchanges of opinions. Otherwise the only ones which expose their “conclusions” or questions are the ones who do a presentation.
I like the idea of the barcamp. However I would propose that prior arriving to the seminar we already start to post doubts, questions… whatever comes and we don’t have the time to have an open discussion. Therefore, I think it would be easier to organize when we start the seminar.
I’ve also thought that it could be interesting to have some kind of workshops. However, I’m not very convinced about this because this would require that someone takes the leading role and this would require much preparation before.
Anyway, it would be nice to read everybody’s opinion about this because it deals precisely with participation… 😉]]>
I looked at the rules and especially like the “NO SPECTATORS, ONLY PARTICIPANTS” rule. That would mean that everyone would have to give a presentation on something they had done/thought, or were about to do (including both students AND ‘teachers’).
I assume that these would be demonstrations and not lectures. A barcamp would probably not be the right place for anyone to give a two hour lecture on iconography in the twentieth century, for example.
It would be good if there was a long lead-in time where everyone knew what everyone else was planning, so that we could avoid duplication and form teams wherever possible.
So if someone was interested in pursuing iconography in the twentieth century they could announce in advance that they intended to build a working learning object during the barcamp and ask for team members to help them. Then the team could turn up with suitable material already to hand, and actually do something with it during the time in Barcelona.
Sounds good to me 🙂]]>