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The Benefits of Amplified Events

The Benefits of Amplified Events

Marieke Guy gave a seminar on "The Benefits of Amplified Events" which included pre-recorded videos provided by Brian Kelly as part of the Green Impact seminar series at the University of Bath. The seminar took place from 12.15-13.05 on Thursday 17th November 2011 in 4E 2.4 on the University campus.



What Can We Learn From Amplified Events?
[MS PowerPoint 97/2000 format]

Note the the slides are available on Slideshare and are embedded below.

Accompanying Video Clips

Definition of an amplified event and its benefits
Video clip 1 (YouTube) - 1 min 45 secs
How to participate in an amplified event
Video clip 2 (Bambuser) - 2 min (show first 1 min 30 secs)
Benefits of Pre-Recorded Videos of Talks
Video clip 3 (Bambuser) - 1 min 48 secs

Note that a live video stream of the seminar was provided for those who are unable to physically attend the seminar. This was provided by Julian Prior/Marie Salter using the Adobe Connect service which provided access for up to 20 remote participants. Note that an online booking form was available for those who wished to participate remotely.



The term 'amplified conference' was coined by Lorcan Dempsey, former UKOLN director, in a blog post which, back in 2007, commented on ways in which WiFi networks and mobile devices were starting to be used to 'amplify' discussions and sharing of ideas which previously had been restricted to those physically present.

UKOLN, the national centre of expertise in digital information management based at the University of Bath, has been pro-active in promoting the benefits of amplified events. Video-streaming, Twitter and related technologies have been used to maximise the impact of ideas discussed at many UKOLN events including the annual Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) series.

In addition to maximising the impact of ideas and enhancing discussions, amplified event also appear to be particularly appropriate at a time when institutions and individuals are concerned about the environmental impact associated with travel to events and when financial cuts in the public sector are resulting in difficulties in obtaining funding to travel to events.

Brian Kelly and Marieke Guy (a remote worker who has a particular interest in use of technologies to enhance working away form the office environment) have been funded by the JISC to support the Greening Event II project, which is being led by the University of Bristol. In this seminar Marieke Guy will describe experiences in organising amplified events and described the event organising toolkit which is being developed to support those who wish to organise or participate an amplified event whilst Brian Kelly will provide examples of remote participation in an event.

This seminar will summarise the experiences which have been gained and provide advice for those wishing to host or participate in amplified events.


The following video clips are available:

The "Introduction to Amplified Events" video clip is available on YouTube.
Note taken using the main camera on an Android Sensation camera in Kingswood School on 15 September 2011.

The "Participating in an Amplified Event" video clip is available on Bambuser.
Note taken using a Webcam at the University of Bath on 31 October 2011.

The "Being a Speaker at an Amplified Event" video clip is available on Bambuser.
Note taken using a Webcam at the University of Bath on 31 October 2011.