Why 50?

The program for #BIT16 is available in Lanyrd.

Traditionally, when you go to conferences or professional learning events, sessions are 60 or 75 minutes long.

It begs the question – why does this conference go for 50 minute sessions?

It’s actually part of the master plan for a fast moving, interesting and engaging conference.

A good guess would be that it makes it easier since all sessions would start on the hour.  And, if you’re good with that, great.

But, there’s another reason.

Why did I pick this session?

How many times have you sat in a session to have the speaker introduce her/himself and you find out that their classroom is coloured blue and that the great grandchild on their mother’s side three times removed is related to Robert Borden?  That’s 15 minutes you’ll never get back!

Now that the program is fully electronic on Lanyrd, presenters can be as descriptive of their session and their biography and contact information as they wish.  It might even shorten their slide deck by a few slides.

You benefit because that’s a precious 50 minutes, both to you and to them.  They’ll be able to get started right away and make the learning focussed on the topic at hand.  There are plenty of locations, including the Learning Space, and the social events to connect afterward for deeper conversations, if necessary.

We’d like to think that everyone wins with this format.

Doug Peterson

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