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Amplified Events, Seminars, Conferences, ...: What? Why? How?

Amplified Events, Seminars, Conferences, ...: What? Why? How?

Brian Kelly and Marieke Guy, UKOLN and Paul Shabajee, ILRT facilitated a workshop session on "Amplified Events, Seminars, Conferences, ...: What? Why? How?" at the JISC 2011 conference which was held at the BT Convention Centre, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool on 14-15th March 2011.

The workshop took place from 15.00-16.00 on Tuesday 15th March 2011.

About The Session


All institutions are involved in providing events, ranging from international conferences through to smaller and more informal seminars and workshops. But in today's economic environment the costs of participating in such events may lead to concerns over their sustainability. 'Amplified events' provide an approach which enhances the advantages provided by traditional face-to-face events by exploiting networked technologies to widen participation to remote participants and 'time-shifting' events.

This session will review a variety of approaches which have been taken at a number of national, international and regional events. The session will explore the reasons for such approaches, address possible concerns and outline various business models, policies and emerging technologies which can be used to maximise the benefits of amplified events.

Target Audience

The session is aimed at (a) people who may attend events in which use of WiFi can enrich the experience and wish to understand better the opportunities which this can provide and (b) those who are considering hosting amplified events.

Benefits To Audience

Delegates will: (a) understand what an amplified event is; (b) gain an appreciation of the benefits which amplified events are providing; (c) hear about concerns and barriers and how they can be addressed.

Structure of Session
  • Introductions and context
  • Experiences of amplified events: group activity
  • Reflections on case studies
  • Opportunities and concerns: group activity
  • Explanation of a framework for event amplification: aims; AUP; technologies; risk assessment; archiving and evaluation.


The timetable is given below.

Title Comments
Introduction to workshop [BK]
Slides: [MS PowerPoint] - [Slideshare]
Introduction to aims of session, facilitators and interests of the audience.
What and Why? [BK] What is an amplified event and why the interest?
How? [MG]
Slides: [MS PowerPoint] - [Slideshare]
Tools and approaches based on various experiences.
Amplification & Rethinking Events [PS]
Slides: [MS PowerPoint] - [Slideshare]
The big picture

Session Tweets

Participants at the session were asked to tweet using the "#amp" tag in addition to the "jisc11" event tag. These twerets were aggregated using the Storify service. The tweets are embedded below.