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Participating in a Conference Backchannel

This week our moderator Melissa is attending the 18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning (#aln12). We're holding our chat from the conference site and hope you'll join us to share your thoughts about conference backchannels – using an event's designated hashtag to network with other attendees, as well as share sessions and resources beyond on-site attendees via Twitter.

The practice of "live-tweeting" conference events has gained recent attention as a helpful way to disseminate new ideas and innovative research, but is also sometimes discouraged as a distraction in session rooms and is unwelcome by some speakers. What do you think?

What are the best practices for Twitter use during professional conferences?

Weigh in with your responses and suggestions during our chat time (12p to 1p ET) using #IOLchat and #aln12.

This week's read-aheads:

Encouraging a Conference Backchannel on Twitter from ProfHacker, Chronicle of Higher Education

The Academic Twitterazzi – Scholars Debate Etiquette of Live Tweeting Conferences from Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Education

What Makes a Great Conference Backchannel? from David Kelly

We hope you'll be able to join us!