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Proposal FAQs

What are you looking for in a Sakai conference presentation?

  • The Sakai community is interested in what you are working on! Sharing what you are doing, what’s working, and even what isn’t working, can be beneficial. 
  • Remember when you learned something new in Sakai? There is someone else, right now, who wants to know what you have already learned. Give their work a boost by sharing your experiences!

Does my work with Sakai have to be cutting-edge?

  • Naturally we’re all interested in the latest Sakai innovations, but the Sakai community also loves to learn how other people are using their favorite tools to engage students and make life easier for staff.

What sessions have been popular in the past?

  • Easy Tips for Increasing Student Engagement 
  • The Sky's the Limit! Tips, Tricks, and Unique Uses of the Lessons Tool 
  • Facilitating Online 3.0: Moving with the times
  • Learning pathways in Lessons 
  • Blended Learning for Newbies

What topics will be covered at the conference?

Presentations will represent some or all of the following topic areas:
  • Faculty Course Showcase - Demonstrate exemplary instructional strategies and course design by showcasing your course.
  • Instructional Design/Support - How do you support your end users? Share best practices for instructional design, training, and professional development at your institution.
  • Effective or Innovative Practice - Are you using Sakai in a unique or uniquely effective way? For example, are you using Sakai in creative ways to support pedagogy or accessibility? Show us your effective or innovative practice!
  • Learning Analytics - How are you using Learning Analytics in conjunction with your Sakai LMS to promote institutional objectives? Have you implemented a dashboard or student intervention/success plan, Learning Records Store, xAPI, etc.?
  • Technical Session - Do you have a topic that would be of interest to Sakai developers or IT staff? Would you like to demo new features or upcoming functionality in Sakai? Present on a technical topic "under the hood" of Sakai. 
  • Birds of a Feather - Lead an informal/unstructured online discussion about a topic of your choice.
  • Lightning Talks - Do you have a project or perspective you'd like to share? Maybe you have an idea to improve Sakai that you’d like to promote? Lightning talks are 5 minute presentations which will be combined into an exciting and fast-paced conference session. 

How can I influence what topics are covered?

  • Your best opportunity to influence the topics this year is to submit a proposal yourself, and to encourage your colleagues to do the same!
  • Who do you know who’s doing something interesting with Sakai? Who has influenced your own use of Sakai, or your ideas about what is possible? Who would you like to hear from at this year’s virtual conference?!
  • If you’d like to help shape the next Sakai Virtual Conference, why not join the conference committee? You can take as active or focused role as you like - all contributions are valued.

Can I get feedback on my idea before I submit a proposal?

What do I need to do to be a successful presenter?

  • Use a good headset and microphone. Especially helpful if presenting, but also if you want to participate in discussions. 
  • Double-check your internet connection; prepare for technical issues (have a backup plan if presenting materials “live”) .
  • Practice with your session moderator, with your presentation materials (and co-presenter, if applicable).

How is a virtual conference different from a face-to-face conference?

The fact that the conference is virtual does mean there will be some differences you should be aware of:
  • Networking takes that little bit more effort as you don’t have the chance to grab speakers for a chat in the corridor after their presentation, or talk to other attendees during breaks. There will be some informal areas to gather and interact with other attendees online, but you will need to actively participate in these spaces in order to make the most of them. 
  • Attendees are based in different time zones and may only attend part of the day.
  • You can drop in and out of the conference alongside your regular work, but the flip side of this is that office distractions may impact your experience.
As with any conference, a little preparation will help you make the most of your attendance.
  • Browse the schedule in advance and note down sessions that you’d like to attend.
  • Make the most of any opportunities to socialize - this is how you introduce yourself to other members of the Sakai community, and make connections.
  • Make sure that you note down contact details for presenters you’d like to contact, and follow up by email.
  • Ensure you’re in a space with minimal distractions and good internet connection.
  • Use a good headset and microphone. Especially helpful if presenting, but also if you want to participate in discussions. 

Are the sessions recorded?

  • Yes, they are recorded and are uploaded to a playlist in Youtube under the Sakai channel. 
  • This means, by the way, that enunciating, having a good microphone and eliminating background noise are all important.