The Storify from this Twitter chat, which took place on 24 November 2015, is available to view here.
Conferences are a mainstay of academic life, some love them, others dread them, but they continue to play an important role in helping us to extend our understanding of specialist fields, keep up to date with the latest disciplinary thinking and, importantly, connect with fellow academics from different institutions and share ideas. They give us a rare chance get away from our day-to-day routines and have some space to reflect on our practice and professional development.
Now more than ever time and resources for conference attendance are scarce so how can you make sure that you really benefit from attending?
In the run up to the first of four annual HEA teaching & learning conferences in December (Inspire – sharing great practice in Social Science teaching and learning – 3-4 December - https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events-conferences) we will be exploring how to get the maximum benefit from conferences during our next #HEAChat.
We’ll be sharing what we do to prepare for conferences, our hints and tips for getting the most learning out of each event and how to go about networking and building relationships.
To get you thinking here are a couple of posts reflecting on the conference experience:
Jennie Holstein shares some advice on how best to prepare, perform and network at an academic conference in this 2013 post for the Guardian Higher Education network.
And in this post Scott Berkun (bestselling author of The Year Without Pants: wordpress.com & the future of work) shares his thoughts on getting the most from professional conferences.
Join us on 24 November 8-9pm on Twitter at #HEAchat to share your thoughts and experiences. What makes a conference valuable to you (and we’re not talking goodie bags although they are a nice touch!!)? What conferences have really had an impact on your practice and why? We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
You can read more about #HEAchat here.