Taking Virtually Connecting From Conference Hallways to the Classroom

Session Description
Virtually Connecting (VC, http://virtuallyconnecting.org/) is a volunteer-driven international community movement that expands the reach and experience of academic conferences to those unable to attend in person. While virtual conferences center on content and presentations, VC uses simple group video conferencing to inclusively bring the valuable and informal hallway conversations between sessions, operating under principles of intentionally equitable hospitality. In this session, the presenters share how this unstructured, conversational format works with classes where experts are not brought in to lecture to students but rather to have intentionally equitable conversations. This will be a live session run in the same mode, tapping into a global network.

NOTE: View this session as a Virtually Connecting event that is hosted in Zoom but live-streamed through YouTube. Visit the blog post (http://virtuallyconnecting.org/blog/2020/04/02/tccsilver/) where the live stream URL is embedded once it begins. Ask your questions or post comments by tweeting to @VConnecting. Include the conference hashtag #tccsilver.

Alan Levine
Alan Levine, CogDogBlog
Alan Levine explores the potential of new technologies for education. He hoisted a web server on the Maricopa Community Colleges network in 1993 and has not left the web since. Levine has brought innovative ideas to his work with the New Media Consortium and the University of Mary Washington, and now is an independent consultant (http://cog.dog). Since 2003 Alan has shared his ideas and discoveries at CogDogBlog.com and is often making noise on twitter via @cogdog. Alan works from home in Mortlach, Saskatchewan where his current interests include digital storytelling, photography, bending WordPress to his whims, and randomly dipping into and sharing from the infinite river of the internet. He has presented and keynoted at TCC several times since 2004.
Maha Bali
Maha Bali, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
Dr. Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching, American University in Cairo, Egypt. She completed her Ph.D. in Education at the University of Sheffield, UK and is co-founder of virtuallyconnecting.org and co-facilitator of Equity Unbound. Dr. Bali teaches digital literacies, intercultural learning and has taught educational game design and educational technology for teachers. She researches a variety of topics in higher education, including open education from a critical, social justice perspective. She is a passionate open and connected educator. She blogs at http://blog.mahabali.me and tweets @bali_maha.
Session Type
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