The thing missing in the online experience is being in the same space at the same time. Yes, there is some of that in the back channel chat, but it’s not quite the same as the accidental mingling and hallway passing at a venue.
What is possible with easy posting of cameras might get a the sensory or outside experience @paulstacey mentions. I did like the efforts of OER20 with the “social bingo” site (yes a SPLOT) where participants posted intros and were encouraged to click the “random” button to meet someone (cough, SPLOT).
As well as a #ThisIsMe prompt that was done via twitter
And that actually reminds me of the “View From Where I Sit” prompt a community college teacher I worked with did via text only BBS forums in the 1980s and 1990s
Plus curating blog posts about the conference.
We could make all of this something done within OEG Connect just with a good lead prompt and lots of encouragement/reminders to reply, rather than more sites and a social media platform that not all conference attendees may use.
There might also be some things we can do to encourage participants to check put each other’s profiles here and use the “like” buttons to send some boost signals or vote on different posts. I’d also like to see some organized things to have conference participants curate resources, ideas from across sessions (there is a wiki tool within discourse too or it could be an editable open document).
I’m interested in other things that can be done in addition to formal sessions to create that space sharing.