Sunday, November 2, 2008

An exciting program awaits!

Last week the committee had the fun task of scheduling the 60+ contributions to the ATN Assessment conference. This post describes what we did and shares our draft program.

Kate, Andrea, Scott and Margaret working on the program

First we prepared a large matrix of the available times and created pieces of paper that had the information about each contribution. We printed these on coloured paper representing the different streams.

On the day we started our meeting significantly earlier than usual (it is a busy time of year in the academic calendar) with Kate providing the much needed coffee. After reviewing the requests for preferences for presenting, each of the stream editors placed their papers in the matrix to form the 6 sessions. We then 'locked them in' using blue tac. After photographing we entered this into a document to create our draft program for the conference.

We were very pleased with how it came together - but we were lucky to be working with such quality contributions! It really will be an exciting smorgasbord of sessions for conference delegates to enjoy.


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