Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Conference Attention Modes

Interesting post by Lilia Efimova...

Although she comments on f2f events and conferences, this made me think of conferences online I participated like Global Learn Day Events and the coming WiAOC convergence and was wondering whether they share the same characteristics.

She mentions two extremes in f2f presentations:

centralised/authority - "star performers" who can hold attention of big groups with finely crafted messages and engaging interaction style
distributed/community - "open space" - designed so everyone can attract as much attention as it's worth in a particular group

Lizel Lawley discusses the backchanneling , multi-tasking and disruptive behaviour which may occur depending on how the presentation is held.

Food for thought...will be back on this later.