How to propose a sessionRemember, if you propose a session, you will be expected to facilitate it. That said, your session shouldn't take a lot of preparation, as you will not be expected to deliver a formal presentation. Think more in terms of exploring topics and problems, short workshops, collaborating on projects, playing games. Feel free to work with others on proposing and facilitating discussions.
Once you have registered, you can propose sessions by joining the Unconference 2015 Google Community. To propose a session, simply "share what's new" and select the appropriate category for the type of session (talk, teach, make, play). You can also sign up for dork shorts, or lightning talks. Feel free to comment on and +1 others' proposals.
Below you'll find information on types of sessions, including examples from THATCamps around the world and the 2014 and 2015 Unconferences at UMD.
When to propose a sessionYou can propose a session in advance, any time before the Unconference takes place. Two weeks before we meet in June, we'll send reminders. You can even propose a session the morning of the conference. Our first order of business will be to create an agenda.
The examples below are from THATCamps from all over the world. The UMD Unconference blogs from 2014 and 2015 also include proposals from their participants.
Types of sessions
Talk: lead a group discussion about a topic or question of interest
- Jeffrey McClurken, Archiving Social Media Conversations of Significant Events, THATCamp Prime 2009
- Sherman Dorn, The Ill-formed Question, THATCamp Prime 2009
- Eli Pousson, How do we share our knowledge of historic places?, THATCamp Columbus 2010
- Frédéric Clavert and Véronique Ginouvès, Les archives orales et le web (Oral testimonies and the web), THATCamp Paris 2010
- Zach Whalen, ARGS, Archives, and Digital Scholarship, THATCamp 2010
- Aditi Shrikumar, Text Mining and the Digital Humanities, Great Lakes THATCamp 2010
- Jon Voss, Toward Linked Data in the Humanities, Great Lakes THATCamp 2010
- Kathleen Fitzpatrick, “how to transform something like CommentPress into a viable mode of open peer review,” THATCamp Southern California 2010
Teach: technology skills, teaching strategies, demos
Make: project-based; hackathons, write-a-thons
- Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt, One Week, One Book: Hacking the Academy, THATCamp Prime 2010
- Kirrily Roberts, FreeBase workshop, THATCamp Bay Area 2010
- Bethany Nowviskie and Bill Turkel, Hacking Wearables and E-Textiles Workshop, Great Lakes THATCamp 2010
- Aditi Muralidharan, Visualization workshop, THATCamp Bay Area 2010
- Amanda French, Advanced Omeka, THATCamp Kansas 2012
Note that you can still volunteer to teach something at the last minute, or even put in a plea for someone else to teach something you’ve always wanted to learn (though if no teacher volunteers, it’s best to nix the session).
Play: miscellaneous experiments, games
- David Staley, An installation, THATCamp Prime 2009
- Mark Sample, Zen Scavenger Hunt, THATCamp Prime 2010
- Zen Scavenger Hunt Results, THATCamp Virginia 2012
- Marta Rivera Monclova, Digital Tools for Research, THATCamp Caribbean 2012
- Donelle McKinley, Share Your Favourite Tools, THATCamp Wellington 2012
- Anastasia Salter, THATCamp Games Invasion, THATCamp Games 2012
- Anastasia Salter and Amanda Visconti, Q’s Quest, THATCamp CHNM 2012
- Anastasia Salter and Amanda Visconti, THATCamp Prime Alternate Reality Game, THATCamp CHNM 2012 (postmortem account of “Q’s Quest,” a game invented for and played at THATCamp Prime 2012)
Dork shorts, or lightning talks, are 2-3 minutes in length. Talk about your project, demonstrate a tool, call for collaborators, express your views about technology in the liberal arts.