Online Conferences: Professional Development for a Networked Era by Lynn AndersonOnline Conferences: Professional Development for a Networked Era by Lynn Anderson

Online Conferences: Professional Development for a Networked Era

byLynn AndersonEditorLynn Anderson

Paperback | December 1, 2010

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The professional conference has been, for many years, the primary tool for continuingeducation and networking in many professions. Now, however, the economic and environmentalcosts associated with travel, and the opportunity costs associated withabsence from the workplace, compel organizers, trainers and executives to weigh thecosts versus the benefits of this form of professional development. Online conferencesoffer an effective alternative that is economical, environmentally friendly and convenient.These factors position online professional conferences as poised to emerge as amainstream form of lifelong learning in all professions.This book looks at the elements of effective continuing professional education, the affordances of interactive technologies,and the lessons learned by experienced online conference organizers. It is designed to provide guidance and advice to thosewishing to coordinate, sponsor or participate effectively in an online professional development conference. The textdescribes various ways in which a variety of networking technologies are being used to support successful online professionaldevelopment events. Resources for conference organizers are given in the form of links to commercial and opensource software, and companies providing platforms and comprehensive support for the organization of online conferences.The text contains the results of interviews with 12 organizers of the most successfulonline conferences to date. Finally, a list of best practices, based on the research literature,experiences of the authors and experienced online conference organizers, ispresented in the final chapter.
Title:Online Conferences: Professional Development for a Networked EraFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.75 × 6.34 × 0.68 inPublished:December 1, 2010Publisher:Information Age PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1617351385

ISBN - 13:9781617351389

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