For the 2021 (Virtual) Forum for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, we chose an online platform that promotes connection, collaboration, and conversation: Remo.co
Remo is an atypical online conference and you notice a difference right away when you enter a Remo event. Instead of joining a lot of talking heads, you are placed at a table where you can immediately start chatting with a small group of people.
To attend the conference, attendees need to create an account with Remo. When creating the account, we encourage attendees to include their pronouns (after their name) and place of work (under company).
The Keynote and larger presentations (e.g., thematic discussions) will take place in dedicated spaces,
in Remo. At the front of the room is a stage where presenters can engage and address
all attendees at the tables. Presenters
can share their screens and invite people to join them. Attendees
can raise their hands, put comments in the chat, and suggest and upvote questions.
Within each building are tables that can accommodate twelve or sixteen attendees (including presenters). Each table has a dedicated chat area and screen sharing.
But you are not confined to that table. You can easily move around to different tables to interact. Say you see a colleague that you haven’t chatted with since the pandemic began.
Simply double click on their table to join them or send them a direct message through the chat feature and ask them to join you at a private table.
Each pitch room
presentation will be assigned a table
that will be labelled so they are easy to find. The presenter(s) can share their screen or just have an informal
conversation. If you are presenting a pitch room, click here
for more details.
Thematic Discussion Forums
The thematic discussion forums
will be run in individual rooms/buildings. The presenter(s) can encourage discussion by
asking attendees to chat at their tables, invite attendees up to the stage to share their thoughts, and more. If you are presenting a
thematic discussion forum, click here
for more details.