Later this month, IT and the School of Education will be rolling out William & Mary’s first Edcamp. Edcamp is an (un)conference about any and all aspects of pedagogy. Born out of the need for low-cost and dynamic professional development in K-12 teaching and learning and proving highly successful in higher education, Edcamps can be freely organized anywhere. We wanted to experiment with this unique format to promote a supportive and collegial environment to share teaching strategies among William & Mary faculty, staff, and students.
(Un)Conference You Say?
There are several aspects of Edcamps that differentiate them from most traditional professional conferences, and according to the Edcamp Foundation website, Edcamps are:
non-commercial and conducted with a vendor-free presence
hosted by any organization interested in furthering the Edcamp mission
made up of sessions that are determined on the day of the event
events where anyone who attends can be a presenter
reliant on the “law of two feet” that encourages participants to find a session that meets their needs
Submit Ideas for Sessions and Topics
Leading up to the conference, we have set up a Google Moderator to begin collecting ideas for sessions. Anyone may suggest a session they would like to present, or even a topic they would like to learn more about (just suggest anonymously — see the directions on the moderator page). So far, we have topics ranging from “Thinking outside the Blackboard box” to designing infographic assignments. Ultimately, the sessions will be determined by everyone who shows up that day.
Keep in mind, that these are interactive, discussion-based sessions oriented to sharing experiences, ideas, and questions. We are not looking for polished presentations but rather conversations that emerge from the participants’ needs and insights. Our hope is that it will prove to be a highly productive yet casual atmosphere for sharing our expertise and building professional networks across campus.
Refreshments will be provided, generously supported by IT and the School of Ed.
Hope to see you there!