JISC Conference 2008: Enabling innovation
Twitter hashtag #jisc08
Update: JISC08, the remote participant
This was the first conference I have attended remotely (unattended?) where Twitter was my primary communication channel. Without the alerts this morning from people I follow on Twitter, I would not have participated in this meeting. Much credit must go to Matt Jukes for his efforts to make this possible. David Puttnam was particularly good value. I could have done without the extended advert for Wikia.
In terms of presentation, the meeting fell short of ALT-C 2007, but not far - and without anything to download and install, which is a deal-breaker for many possible participants. The Ustream video and Twitter hashtag provided good communication, especially the back channel of exchanging tweets with other remote participants.
The problems were the lack of speakers slides and planning failure before the meeting (confusion over two hashtags and no Q&A streamed for the first keynote). It would also be nice for the chair to take at least a few questions from the remote participants.
And we're still learning how to do this remote participation thing. JISC08 - not a bad effort, but I'm looking forward to JISC09.