Exploring Alternatives to the Traditional Conference Format

Ben Sweeting, Michael Hohl, Constructivist Foundations, Nov 15, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The journal Constructivist Foundations has devoted a special issue to alternative conference formats. As authors Sweeting and Hohl explain in the introduction, "The passivity and predominantly one-way structure of the typical paper presentation format of academic conferences has a number of serious limitations from a constructivist perspective." I've explored the subject in the past, and as a frequent attendee of conferences the subject continues to interest me. Being constructivists, most of the authors focused on dialogue. Design-based activities were also popular. Note that although Constructivist Foundations is free, the publication requires that you create an ID and login to view the contents. I'm not sure why, but I'm suspicious of their motives.

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