The conference, which involves about 180 people, lasts two and a half days, and the program theme is “Learn, Teach, Inspire.” Previous conferences have been fantastic, so the excitement level was high as we prepared to dive into the presentations and panels yesterday.
The keynotes have been very interesting:
I met Chris Melissinos of Sun Tuesday evening. He has a palpable and infectious passion for games—that might be putting it mildly—and everyone expected him to give a great talk to kick things off yesterday morning.
At the opening banquet, I met or re-connected with people from:
And there are representatives from many more schools than that. Someone’s even attending from Brasil.
Today I’ll give a presentation titled “Building Community Online: Lessons Learned from Seven Years of ‘Ask Dr. C,’” and will hone in on what’s made the ‘Ask Dr. C’ program so special and long-lasting, while also offering general tips and observations about community building—maybe I should call them “badly kept secrets of success” to spice things up?
I’ll post an update soon to let you know how things here at the conference are going.