Crowd-sourcing Workshops for WebWise 2014

This blog was originally published on the WebWise 2014 blog.

By Lisa Rhody

Screen capture of the WebWise Idea Scale website.Within hours of opening registration to IMLS grantees and the public, WebWise 2014 conferenceregistrants began submitting ideas for and voting on potential conference workshop offerings.  Once again, WebWise aims to put its theme into practice by engaging its community of participants in developing a dynamic and responsive program that addresses the needs and interests of its constituencies.  As participants register for the conference, they also receive information on how to log into IdeaScale and begin offering suggestions for workshops.  Similarly, if participants see existing workshop ideas that they would like to see at WebWise, then they can vote by clicking an “I agree” icon.

IdeaScale voting is one way that you can take an active role in shaping what happens at this year’s WebWise conference, and voting early is one way to ensure that your voice is heard.  Posting your idea or registering your support for someone else’s idea early can build critical support for the kinds of workshops that will address the needs, challenges, or opportunities facing your home institution. There is no limit on the number of ideas that any one participant can  suggest, which means that if conference registrants have ideas about workshop offerings they would like to see but do not currently exist, they can suggest new ideas and recruit fellow participants to support it.  A commenting option is also available for those participants who would like to clarify, narrow, or split a topic into two possible areas.

Committed to putting you, the conference participant, at the center of the WebWise agenda, our aim is to help each attendee walk away with a new skill, partnership, or project plan.  Through the voting process, the most popular ideas (those with the highest amount of support shown through voting “I agree”) float to the top of the list, while less popular ideas sink to the bottom of the list.  Currently, a list of the top four workshop ideas are listed on the Workshops page.  New registrants will receive an email with account information for suggesting ideas, while conference participants from WebWise 2013 will be able to access IdeaScale through the same account they were given last year.

Active voting is ongoing through December 20th.  You can follow the voting, comment, and add your own idea at http://webwise.ideascale.com.  Participants interested in a particular workshop idea can opt to subscribe to the idea’s RSS feed, and new ideas will be sent out over Twitter with the hashtag #webwise14.

Workshop offerings will be posted on this site in January.  Be sure to check back for more information about workshops and other opportunities to help shape what you see at WebWise this year.

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