Bethany Laursen and Kylie Hutchinson On The First Ever Systems in Evaluation Unconference

We’re Bethany Laursen and Kylie Hutchinson, volunteer members of the upcoming Systems in Evaluation Unconference coordinating committee. This October 13 – 15, 2015 from 3 – 4:30 pm ET evaluators everywhere will be able to participate in a unique online learning event, a virtual unconference, hosted by the AEA Systems in Evaluation Topical Interest Group (SETIG).

If you’ve never attended an unconference before, you’ll find it quite different from regular conferences. Rather than following the conventional program of speakers and presenters, an unconference is a more loosely structured meeting that emphasizes the informal and emergent exchange of ideas between participants. Each day for 1.5 hours participants will log on at the indicated time and, following a short welcome and orientation, either join a specific discussion topic in a virtual breakout room or create their own. Share and build your knowledge and skills in systems evaluation without ever leaving the office! This learning opportunity is a direct response to the expressed desire of SETIG members for more networked learning opportunities outside of the AEA conference.

Rad Resource: For more information about how the unconference will work and proposed topics check out the unconference website.

Hot Tip: Registration is free but space will be limited so register early.

Hot Tip: Participants will need a Google account to participate, so don’t leave this until the last minute. The unconference will operate using MIT’s UnHangout so take five minutes to watch the orientation video on the unconference website.

Hope to see you online in October!

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