The VIDM organising committee is now calling for Facilitators to run the hourly sessions during the conference. Facilitators should have experience of online meetings or conferences, and be comfortable with online meeting software. Facilitators who are interested in VIDM but who have not worked at the conference before may be invited to shadow an experienced colleague for one or more sessions in 2019, as preparation for running sessions in 2020.
Facilitators must have a reasonable internet connection and they must also have a microphone and headset available. Webcams are not essential as they will not be used during the conference. However, a webcam would be useful during practice sessions as it will help facilitators build their relationships with their speakers/presenters.
Facilitators must be competent working in English. We welcome speakers of other languages, and we might have presentations in Spanish or French this year.
We will be in touch in late March or early April with facilitators to make sure they are all familiar and comfortable with how to run online meeting sessions using the VIDM software. Once a facilitator has been paired with her/his presenter(s), s/he will be expected to arrange a practice session with each presenter, to take place in the first two or three weeks in April.
During the conference, every session will be overseen by a Master Facilitator, who is there to support the facilitators. During the practice period in April, there will also be “surgery” style drop-in sessions where a Master Facilitator will be present in the virtual practice room to offer support to speakers and facilitators, for example helping them to get used to the environment.
If you are interested in being a facilitator for VIDM 2019, please complete the form below by 12:00 UTC on Saturday 09 March 2019.
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