Thursday, January 31st was the final day to vote for the workshops you would like to see at WebWise this year. Since registration opened in mid-January, conference registrants have been voting on the workshops they would most like to participate in on Wednesday, March 6th by using a social media idea tool called IdeaScale. Since registration opened, 185 users have cast 315 votes on 22 workshop suggestions in anticipation of today’s end to the voting period. Based on current registration numbers, the WebWise planning committee will secure workshop leaders and plan workshops to address those topics that IdeaScale voters have identified as the most desirable and begin to announce the selections next week.
After 2 weeks of voting, clear front runners emerged in the IdeaScale poll. The leader board includes topics such as: engaging learners, effective evaluation of digital projects, visualizing collections data with ViewShare, participating in the Digital Public Library of America, and engaging visitors with social media. As the voting comes to a close, the WebWise committee will begin announcing the titles of the pre-conference workshops later this week. There will be at least 8 possible workshops running on Wednesday, March 6th. Some will be half-day sessions, while others will be shorter workshops that run 60-75 minutes.
In addition to the workshops determined by participant voting, there will be several pre-selected workshops available to WebWise registrants, including a Director’s Choice half-day workshop. All in all, there promises to be a larger variety of workshops than in previous years from which to choose. Tomorrow we will be announcing the Director’s Choice workshop, and the much anticipated complete line-up of WebWise workshops will be available later this week. Remember, only registered WebWise participants are allowed to participate in pre-conference workshops. If you have not yet registered for WebWise, you can do so on our Registration page.