Pilot: A Conference Hub

Use of a Hub for a conference 1

Summary

Collaborating with the GMU Department of Communication, onAir piloted possible ways to leverage Hubs with the DCHC 2017 conference.

As a proof of concept, participants had the opportunity to develop their own profiles and blog posts as well as participate in Live Aircasts to spotlight their posters, presentations, awards, and panel discussions.

Proof of concept

Goals of the onAir Network were:

  1. Extend the life of the health communication scholarship presented at the DCHC, primarily by posting content across the public network of Health Hubs (e.g., Health Communication Hub, Alzheimer’s Hub, Neuroscience Hub).
  2. Provide participants (those with a poster, a presentation, or a panel) a platform with which to increase their professional visibility via (1) profiles, (2) posts, and (3) livestreamed aircasts.

Profiles

Each participant was given a profile, which could serve as their professional web presence beyond the conference. Here are some examples: Professor ProfileGraduate Student ProfileEarly Career Professional ProfileGeorge Mason Student PageGeorge Mason Faculty Page 

Posts

Jeanine Guidry 1
Participants could author posts regarding their work at the conference. Early careerist, Jeanine Guidry, wrote three: Pinning about #IPV#Zika on Instagram#Not Okay

 

Aircasts

Gary Kreps interviews NIH representativesMany researchers, as shown here, participated in creating live aircasts, to convey their work and interests beyond the conference.

They were later made private by a conference co-host, as was the DCHC site.

 

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