Resources for Remote Conference Attendance
Do you want to go to a professional conference this year, but can't make it
in person? You may still be able to participate without traveling.
by checking for common alternatives like those listed below (availability will
vary by conference). The linked examples are drawn from some important library
conferences, but similar alternatives exist for other major conferences as well.
- Virtual attendance: It will often require a registration
fee, but one that is significantly less than paying for travel. For example,
look at the
virtual conference page that outlines information like presentation modes
and registration fees.
- Connect with social media: Follow the conference's hashtag
on Twitter (such as
watch talks on YouTube, like and connect on Facebook or LinkedIn. The official
social media pages can usually be found on the conference website, like the
"Connect & Share" information on the
Annual Conference website.
- Download the mobile app: The conference mobile app may have
features that will still be helpful to someone not attending in person. Check
out these tips from the 2014 ISTE conference to use and download their
- Attend virtually with a group of colleagues: Gather in a
conference room and view the virtual conference content together to maintain
some of the community feel and the opportunities for dialogue.
If you are asked to give a talk but can’t travel, you could use
AdobeConnect to virtually present at the conference. The
Division of IT's
Technology Services can support faculty members who would like to do that.