Virtually Connecting (VConnecting) – VConnecting is a hybrid connected/connectivist learning movement with a mission of enlivening the virtual conference experience for scholars who cannot attend academic conferences in person. I was part of the early leadership of Virtually Connecting and I currently serve as a Co-Director in an advisory role along with Maha Bali, Rebecca Hogue, Helen DeWard, and Christian Friedrich.
The community is a team of over 100 volunteers who organize conversations across the globe during educational technology conferences. The benefit and focus is twofold:
1 – For those who do not have the privilege of attending the conference we provide a glimpse of what is going on in a context that strives to be social and informal.
2 – For those at the conference we strive to bring in outside voices with diverse perspectives to keep conferences from becoming echo chambers.
While our focus is on people, and not topics, the areas of conversation often pertain to open learning initiatives, connected learning, social justice, learning analytics, security and privacy, and much more.
Virtually Connecting is an active research hub with various members of the community publishing and presenting on the evolving nature of the community and the use and impact of synchronous video technology. The Virtually Connecting scholarship page lists all of the contributions of the community. I have used my work in Virtually Connecting to research online/blended communities and synchronous video technologies. My contributions can also be found on the presentations and the publications page of this site.