Institutional Web Management Workshop 2007:
Next Steps for the Web Management Community
Workshop Session

Workshop Session: "Unconference"

This page provides details for the workshop session on "Unconference".

No formal facilitator

An unconference has been defined as "a conference where the content of the sessions is driven and created by the participants, generally day-by-day during the course of the event, rather than by a single organizer, or small group of organizers, in advance."

Although no uncoference session has been scheduled for the IWMW 2007 event, the following guidelines have been prepared on case of unforeseen circumstances (e.g. a workshop facilitator becomes unavailable at the last minute) or if delegates would like to participate in an unconference session at a time of their own choosing.

The potential benefits of an unconference include:

  • Visibility - to allow individuals and groups with ideas to be 'seen' and connect with others in the community, without the need to organise a formal workshop session.
  • Collaboration - to provide plenty of room for individuals and groups to communicate and collaborate around ideas, projects, etc.
  • Ownership - to allow the community to develop and drive the agenda by handing over ownership of the workshop slot at this event and also for future community events.

Possible ways in which the unconference may be used include:

  • The ten minute slot: Ten minute presentations of work and ideas in progress - possibility followed by discussions
  • Critical enquiry: Present an idea for a project, a software tool, etc. and be prepared for a critique from an expert panel (made up of other participants)
  • Poster time: Another ten minute slot for you to explain ideas provided on a poster
  • Ask an expert: Request that someone else introduces on a topic you wish to learn something about.
  • The rant: A controversial view expressed, leading to discussions which might not normally take place.
  • 'Gong show': Participants may introduce and discuss own ideas for a short, specified period of time. A gong is rung when the time is over.
Learning Objectives:
This unconference session aims to provide an opportunity for serendipitous learning.