Proposals for workshops to be held at the 2009 Annual Conference are due on Aug. 22 (2008). While the proposal form asks for a lot of detail, most of it is easy. The heart of the proposal (and what takes time to write) is about the course itself.
The IT Division would be a likely host division for a Second Life workshop, if we wanted to propose one. The workshop could be a half or whole day. Hands-on would be possible, although the instructor should think about all the implications of doing so. (For example, having a backup plan if the equipment/network fails.)
Juliane Schneider (juliane.schneider at gmail.com) is the Conference Planner for the IT Division. You can approach her with questions. Questions you might already wonder:
- Benefits to you? Looks good on your resume. Helps you develop a new skill. Places you in a different "light" among your peers. Perhaps some compensation.
- Does this mean your conference registration fee is waived? No, giving a workshop does not eliminate any of SLA's registration fees.
- When are workshops held? Either on Saturday or Sunday. You can propose what day you would prefer.
- Can it be a joint proposal with you and someone else? Yes.
- Once the proposal is accepted, what are the next due dates? With SLA going green, your handouts will likely be giving to workshop participants in electronic form. That means that you will not have to have them done until sometime in May. After that, you just need to be prepared for the workshop itself.
- When will you know if the course has enough registrants so that it really is a "go"? That will happen around May 1. The divisions work very hard to ensure that their courses are not canceled due to low registration.
- How are the workshops promoted/advertised? They are advertised through the conference planner and conference literature. The divisions also promote their workshops via the Internet, newsletters, email, etc. The workshops generally attract SLA members from around the world. Non-SLA members also attend.
I (Jill) don't know if any team members are interested in doing a workshop. If you are, please consider using this page to discuss your thoughts and perhaps find a collaborator. If you want to move the discussion to private email, please feel free to do so (or perhaps move to a different collaboration tool).
BTW I (Jill) have done workshops at the conference before and am proposing one for D.C. on social networking tools. Feel free to ask me any questions to might have.