We’ve been inspired by all the teachers, administrators, non-profits, and for-profits coming together to support schools during this remarkable time. Over the last few weeks we’ve done our best to provide webinars, meetings, and even a free online course. But we’ve been missing one key thing in all of this content: your voice and input. We designed EMA's Idea Factory, a virtual unconference, for the community to ask questions and work on solutions.
Join us on Thursday, April 2 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET for a virtual unconference.
Why an Idea Factory?
What do you need? When do you need it? Sure, we could set up a poll, collate the findings, design and roll out content… but is there a way to pivot faster? To empower the educators and school leaders to tackle the big problems?
We think so. That’s the idea of an Idea Factory, EMA’s first virtual unconference.
There is no better time than now to come together, dig deep, and work toward solutions.
A virtual unconference is a participant-driven event that is hosted online. You have the opportunity to suggest agenda topics and break out into meeting rooms to dive deeper into those topics.
How will it work?
On April 2 at 12:30 p.m. ET, you’ll log into a group Zoom meeting, which will be provided to you with your registration confirmation. Our event facilitator, Hans Mundahl, EMA’s Director of Professional Development, will go over the schedule, the rules of engagement, and give participants the opportunity to propose conference session topics for the agenda.
You’ll then select the topics you’d like to join and gain access to small breakout rooms within Zoom.
What makes an unconference different?
The intent isn’t to deliver a formal presentation, but more so an opportunity for a group to convene to discuss ideas and concepts relevant to enrollment management.
Do I need to prepare anything?
Nope, there’s nothing to do in advance. No need to develop a presentation, video, or anything formal. Only one requirement: if you’d like to propose a session based on a question you need to have answered, give that some thought before Thursday and be ready to share during the opening session.
I have a specific question I’d like an answer to, is that possible?
Yes! In fact, that’s the real value of an unconference. If you have a specific question or if you’d like to connect with a specific group of people you’ll have the chance to do that! Come with your question or idea and we’ll help with the rest.
If I facilitate/host a session, what does that mean?
If you have a specific question or need, we hope that you’ll propose a session. Rather than presenting, this means you host that breakout group. You’ll keep the conversation going and help take notes. Each session will have access to a Google Doc to capture ideas and inspiration! This is a collaborative process!
Do I have to stay for the full three hours?
Don’t feel like you have the time? It’s okay — just come for what time you can, and contribute how you can! We’ll provide access to all session documents after the event; so, you won’t miss a thing!
Will I make connections with my peers?
Yes! Today more than ever, we need to make deep collaborative connections with our peers. The EMA Idea Factory will help facilitate just that!
How much does it cost? Do I need to be an EMA member to attend?
Registration is free! And the event is open to the entire enrollment community — you don’t have to be an EMA member to attend.
How many people can attend?
While we’d love to avoid placing a registration cap, attendance is limited to 500 people to ensure time for everyone attending. If the demand is there, we’ll run more in the future — we promise!
Are there any technical recommendations?
Given the conversational nature of an unconference, we encourage you to turn on your camera for this event, especially when you break into the Zoom rooms.
Is this like a webinar where I sit and listen?
Our current situation requires us all to become active learners and contributors. The EMA Idea Factory asks us all to engage, participate, and create meaning … in fact, that’s what makes it so fun.
A few things to note before the event:
Don’t worry about preparing anything in order to suggest a session topic.
Take responsibility for your own learning. If there are topics you are really interested in that don’t appear on the agenda at first, you need to add them.
Facilitate the conversation if you suggest a session — it’s your responsibility.
Don’t feel that you have to fill up the entire meeting. If what you have to say only takes 15 minutes and the group has finished interacting, then the session can end.
Go with the flow. This event is intended to help you find the time and space to talk with and learn from each other.
We encourage all participants to turn on their cameras for this event.