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Conference Brief: Hosting a Virtual Conference During the Pandemic: Lessons Learned

January 27, 2021 | Public Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks

Although virtual conferences have become commonplace in the age of COVID-19, this format poses both challenges and opportunities for organizers to design, implement, and engage participants in productive and connected ways. We created this brief to share an example of the process and lessons learned as we designed and hosted a virtual NSF-funded conference called: Mapping Connections Between STEM and Social-Emotional Development (SED) in Out-of-School Time (OST) Programs. This conference focused on identifying outcomes at the interface of STEM and SED in OST research and practice (e.g. afterschool programs, museums, summer camps, etc.). However, the strategies used and lessons learned are applicable to many disciplines and projects. It is our hope that readers will find this brief useful in creating virtual conferences— especially during challenging times.


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    Co-Principal Investigator
    Insight for Learning Practices
  • REVISE logo
    Principal Investigator
    Institute for the Study of Resilience in Youth
  • Patricia Allen
    Co-Principal Investigator
    Institute for the Study of Resilience in Youth
  • Kristin Lewis-Warner
    PEAR, Inc.
  • Citation


    Funding Program: AISL
    Award Number: 1940155
    Resource Type: Reference Materials | Report
    Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Social science and psychology
    Audience: Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
    Environment Type: Public Programs | Afterschool Programs | Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Conferences

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