Information for Attendees: The Most Updated Info for Engaging w/ Our Virtual Conference

AS OF FEBRUARY 21, ALL CONFERENCE PROGRAMMING PAGES REQUIRE YOU TO LOGIN TO VIEW CONTENT IN FULL. THIS INCLUDES THE PROGRAM SCHEDULE & THE INTERACTIVE POSTER HALL.

Good Day on behalf of the 2021 Ethnography in Education Research Forum Planning Team! (Updated: Feb 21, 2021)

We are so excited to host you all as part of the 2021 Ethnography in Education Research Forum. This is our 42nd Annual Conference and our first time doing this virtually. We expect to keep the same passionate and thoughtful energy that has carried us throughout the years, but of course, there will be a need to adapt these practices for online engagement and discourse. Here's a couple initial steps for engaging with the Forum this year! We'll be in touch with more resources moving forward, including developing some guidelines for community discourse within the virtual spaces of the conference. 

THIS JUST IN! PLEASE DON'T "CHECK IN" TO SESSIONS. CHECK OUT IF YOU HAVE ALREADY. 

We've found that this feature is disrupting the JOIN SESSION availability. If you Check Out and refresh the page, the link should be available. We are ending Check-Ins across the conference schedule in order to not cause this disruption again. 


The links are NOW viewable in the description. So, now all you have to do is (1) click on the Program Schedule (2) click on the specific session you want to attend, then (3) click on the link in the description.

HIGHLIGHT: HOW TO FIND THE SESSION ZOOM LINK

As each session reaches it launch time (5 minutes before session starts), the countdown clock that you see pictured here will transition into a JOIN SESSION link. This will be found on all program schedule sessions.



CONFERENCE-WIDE COMMUNITY AGREEMENTS FOR COLLEGIAL, INCLUSIVE, AND CRITICAL DIALOGUE

The Ethnography Forum strives to be a place for collegial, inclusive, and critical dialogue amongst an international, intergenerational audience of researchers and practitioners. We recognize the many different experiences and gifts that we all bring to the world and embrace the creation of space where participants can show up with their full selves. In rare cases, we reserve the right to remove any participant that we believe is showing up with the intent to inflict harm on any participant or on the conference as a whole. In order to reflect our commitments to collegial, inclusive, and critical dialogue, we put forward these community agreements. 


When you are in sessions, adhere to the following:

  • Do not record or screenshot any session without notification or consent. 
  • Mute yourself when you are not speaking. 
  • You maintain the right of sharing your video or not all throughout this conference. 

 

When engaging within the chat, consider the container. Does this conversation need to take place within a public Zoom chat and made available for the entire room to view? Am I OK that any private message shared with another participant will be recorded within the transcript of this Zoom? What other spaces might we access and/or create to continue this conversation?

 

When offering critical feedback, do so with the belief that people can change; when receiving critical feedback, listen to others with a willingness to change. 


Stay flexible and patient around any technology needs, changes, cancellations or schedule shifts throughout the weekend. We are doing this for the very first time!

 

Take care of yourself. You do not have to attend everything, do everything or be everywhere throughout this virtual conference. We invite you to show up in the length and ways that make you most comfortable.


Inspired via the Allied Media Conference Community Agreements.

JOINING VIRTUAL SESSIONS // SEE PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Dryfta uses a "Check-In" system for securing the link to join the sessions. This feature makes access to the link ONLY available to users who are logged in to the system, as the event comes to it official start time. This allows us to maintain a bit of security, while also being mindful of how many people are engaging with various sessions. We ask that all attendees DO NOT share this link when it becomes available to any other users. Rather, direct users to register within Dryfta and access the link themselves. 

  • Our Plenary sessions will be hosted on our PennGSE Webinar Zoom. We have capacity for 1,000 attendees, which will fill on a first-come, first-served basis once Check-In is available. The Q+A Function will be available to receive questions for the presenters. The chat within the Zoom webinar will be closed to panelists-only, but we encourage all attendees to use the #EthnoForum21 hashtag to share their reflections on social media. 
  • All Concurrent Symposium sessions will be taking place through a Penn-hosted Zoom meeting. They will be meeting-style and have capacity for up to 300 attendees which will fill on a first-come, first-served basis once Check-In is available. Within these sessions, the chat will be open and we are providing community guidelines for supporting collegial, inclusive, and critical dialogue.

THE INTERACTIVE POSTER HALL // VISIT THE INTERACTIVE POSTER HALL

Uniquely designed for the virtual 2021 Ethnography Forum, the Communities of Inquiry Interactive Poster Hall will be a special platform open throughout the entire Forum. Ten community partnership projects will be invited to participate from the highest peer-reviewed submissions. Special attention will be given to community partnership projects that highlight the historical issues of race that have continued into the present and draw upon the wide range of ethnographic-focused inquiry to pursue educational research, scholarship, practice, and policy in service of social transformation. 

  • Attendees are encouraged to leave feedback on the PRESENTATION FEEDBACK Padlets associated with each presentation. Let people know that you've visited and spent time engaging with their ideas. Feel free to leave contact info for future follow up and networking. 
  • Keep an eye on their SOCIAL HOUR SCHEDULING. We have prepared two Social Hours during the conference for Poster Hall presenters to host more in-depth conversations about their projects at a time that doesn't conflict with other proceedings of the Conference.

OTHER WAYS OF PREPARING + CONNECTING!

Fill in your Conference Profile on "My Dashboard"

  • Consider adding an (optional) profile picture to your account, and include your social media connections as well on My Dashboard. We want to encourage connections and presence. It's one of the best traditions of the conference! Let's continue to build relationships with one another. 

Add Sessions to "My Schedule"

  • You can begin to pre-save sessions to your schedule. This helps us be able to see what sessions might utilize additional support and discovering where the hot spots are for the conference. Given that our Zoom capacity is limited, this is great info for us to be able to meet everyone's needs and widen access where required. 

Invite Colleagues & Friends

  • Our conference is entirely FREE this year, and registration is ongoing. Please share with your networks and let them know. These could be academic-affiliated or community folks or whoever. We really want to reach new audiences with this virtual format we have this year. We know that the topics covered can have broad appeal for practitioners, community advocates, and more.

Sharing on Social Media

  • We will be using the hashtag #EthnoForum21 this year for online community conversation. We are on Twitter the most, but some users might use other platforms as well. 
  • We encourage you to promote the conference and tag/hashtag our Facebook and Twitter accounts (see below). In doing so, we will do our best to reshare your posts/tweets.
  • Facebook: Penn GSE Ethno Forum

  • Twitter: @EthnoForumGSE



More support resources from Dryfta: Dryfta Tutorial for Attendees Support Base