Goddard Hosts The "UnConference"
Goddard College is known for doing things a little differently. It was the first American college to offer adult degree programs, and it pioneered the now-commonplace low residency degree model. Now the Plainfield campus' education program is about to host its first unConference.
There is no distinction between an attendee and a presenter at an unConference, and Goddard's unConference is free for everyone taking part. The theme of the unConference is Progressive Education in Action: Passions and Challenges and it will take place July 17, from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. That's about all that is determined ahead of time.
The unconference format creates space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity. At the start, the whole group will gather together and be guided through creating an agenda using open space technology. The exact process is not important to understand in advance – the process will become clear as it happens. The important part is that all those gathered will have the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda. No session will be voted off or ‘won’t happen’ for some other reason. All sessions are welcome.
While you need not decide ahead of time if you want to present a conference session, you will need to pre-register as an unConference participant by emailing an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.