[Athen] feedback on round-table networking time at AHG 2009

Howard Kramer hkramer.atsol at gmail.com
Mon Jun 15 11:07:42 PDT 2009

Hi Terry,

That's something I debated. I see some problems logistically. If you wanted
a dedicated hour slot for these round-tables - i.e. with no standard
sessions running at the same time - it would mean blocking out a whole
swath of presentation slots out of the schedule. If we did it this way, I
don't think we could do this more than once because it would use up the
slots for 6 presentations at a time. This would also have the limitation
that you could only attend a round-table on one topic.

But, at the same time, I know what you're saying. People will usually give
priority to presentations - that's why we have dedicated exhibitor time.
Otherwise, no one visits the booths.

Another thought is to have a couple of time slots where there are only 2 or
three presenations going against 3 or 4 round-tables. More likelihood that
there might not be a "must see" presentation at that time while at the same
time it gives folks an alternative if they don't want to do a round-table

Anyway, I'm open to your suggestion, let's see what other people think.


On Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:39 AM, Terrill Thompson <tft at u.washington.edu>wrote:

> Hi Howard,


> Would there be an opportunity to schedule these round tables so they're not

> concurrent with standard presentations? I know you have a pretty tight

> schedule during luncheons, but maybe birds of a feather could sit together

> and talk shop before the regularly scheduled programming begins? I'm just

> thinking since AHG is always packed with high quality, informative

> sessions,

> a lot of folks (myself included) might choose not to skip a presentation

> session.


> Terry


> Terrill Thompson

> Technology Accessibility Specialist

> DO-IT, Accessible Technology

> UW Technology Services

> University of Washington

> tft at u.washington.edu

> 206/221-4168




> > -----Original Message-----

> > From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On

> > Behalf Of Howard Kramer

> > Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 10:30 AM

> > To: Access Technology Higher Education Network

> > Subject: [Athen] feedback on round-table networking time at AHG 2009

> >

> > Hello All:

> >

> > Over the years we've received feedback that the Accessing Higher Ground

> > Conference should allow some time for round-table/networking

> > discussion.

> >

> > This year, with the longer schedule, I think we should be able to fit

> > this in. What do ATHEN members think of this? I had envisioned 5 or 6

> > one hour slots through the 2 and a half days of the main conference

> > where there would be round-tables, perhaps facilitated by an volunteer

> > on topics such as "alternate format production," "accessibility of

> > campus web pages," etc. This "meetings" would run concurrent to the

> > standard presentations.

> >

> > Any feedback, comments would be appreciated.

> >

> > Thanks,

> > Howard

> >

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Howard Kramer
AHG Conference Coordinator
Access Specialist
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