To Attend or not to attend

1 Apr 2005 - 11:28am
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Daniel
2004

A couple of comments here got me thinking about conferences that address our issues and thoughts.

Personally, I don't have a problem with a good mix of academic topics mixed in with "industry tested"
practices. The theoretical academic research is very important and needed to advance our field forward - for this reason we shouldn't look down on it and should support it equally. Any intelligent person out there can take academic concepts and try their own application of the principles at work. It may not be perfect but someone has to apply it to our commercial purposes.

What I would like to see more is the conferences taking a more user-centered approach, by giving out surveys about topics, asking for previous attendee’s feedback, (apply this to each phase of the conference for example: lectures, presentations, posters, workshops, tutorials, fees and even external factors like location of conference, issues etc. Why not apply our favorite user-centered methods to our own activities?

I attended the IA summit in '03 and was happy with the mixture of research and commercial topics covered but no one in the organization asked for any feedback. A quick survey would have done the trick. I think I've seen Lou Rosenfeld use an online survey before for one of his presentations, perhaps he could give us some pointers about conference / presentation "best practices" ?

-Daniel Montano

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1 Apr 2005 - 12:12pm
Dave Malouf
2005

For the 2005 IA Summit,
I filled out evaluations after each of the 3 workshops I went to,
I filled out a survey as a presenter
A survey as an organizer
And I'm pretty sure there was a post summit attendee survey as well. ;)

So you know things do change. 8-)

-- dave

On 4/1/05 11:28 AM, "Daniel" <letranova at earthlink.net> wrote:

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> A couple of comments here got me thinking about conferences that address our
> issues and thoughts.
>
> Personally, I don't have a problem with a good mix of academic topics mixed in
> with "industry tested"
> practices. The theoretical academic research is very important and needed to
> advance our field forward - for this reason we shouldn't look down on it and
> should support it equally. Any intelligent person out there can take academic
> concepts and try their own application of the principles at work. It may not
> be perfect but someone has to apply it to our commercial purposes.
>
> What I would like to see more is the conferences taking a more user-centered
> approach, by giving out surveys about topics, asking for previous attendee¹s
> feedback, (apply this to each phase of the conference for example: lectures,
> presentations, posters, workshops, tutorials, fees and even external factors
> like location of conference, issues etc. Why not apply our favorite
> user-centered methods to our own activities?
>
> I attended the IA summit in '03 and was happy with the mixture of research and
> commercial topics covered but no one in the organization asked for any
> feedback. A quick survey would have done the trick. I think I've seen Lou
> Rosenfeld use an online survey before for one of his presentations, perhaps he
> could give us some pointers about conference / presentation "best practices" ?
>
> -Daniel Montano
>
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-- dave

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1 Apr 2005 - 6:18pm
Caryn Josephson
2004

For the UPA (Usability Professionals Association) conference, we collect
feedback for each session, as well as for the conference as a whole. We
use the feedback to help improve the next year's conference. For example,
on last year's (and previous year's) surveys, case studies were rated very
highly and frequently requested in comments. We used that feedback when we
were planning this year's program, and ended up with an entire track
dedicated to case studies.

Caryn Josephson
UPA 2005 Conference Co-Chair
Montreal, Quebec June 27-July 1, 2005
www.usabilityprofessionals.org

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>A couple of comments here got me thinking about conferences that address
our issues and thoughts.
>
>Personally, I don't have a problem with a good mix of academic topics
mixed in with "industry tested"
>practices. The theoretical academic research is very important and needed
to advance our field forward - for this reason we shouldn't look down on it
and should support it equally. Any intelligent person out there can take
academic concepts and try their own application of the principles at work.
It may not be perfect but someone has to apply it to our commercial
purposes.
>
>What I would like to see more is the conferences taking a more
user-centered approach, by giving out surveys about topics, asking for
previous attendee’s feedback, (apply this to each phase of the conference
for example: lectures, presentations, posters, workshops, tutorials, fees
and even external factors like location of conference, issues etc. Why not
apply our favorite user-centered methods to our own activities?
>
>I attended the IA summit in '03 and was happy with the mixture of research
and commercial topics covered but no one in the organization asked for any
feedback. A quick survey would have done the trick. I think I've seen Lou
Rosenfeld use an online survey before for one of his presentations, perhaps
he could give us some pointers about conference / presentation "best
practices" ?
>
>-Daniel Montano
>
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