C21U holds a series of workshops that act as a catalyst to stimulate educational innovation. Known as unconferences, the workshops are designed so that participants drive the discussion and shape disruptive educational innovations through peer-to-peer learning and collaboration. Attendees include a mixed group of traditional and non-traditional stakeholders, such as faculty, staff, administrators, students, alumni, and industrial partners. Held in conjunction with the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), unconferences result in a working agenda for making real changes at Georgia Tech that also impact higher education in general.
Please join our Unconference Community and complete a quick registration. Then, visit the forums to initiate conversations before the unconference.
Prior to the Event
Prior to the unconference, a discussion forum is set up for participants to initiate conversations by sharing ideas, interests, and experiences. Although participants may see suggested discussion topics or recommended session categories created by the event organizers (indicated by "Admin" in the forums), they may feel free to create more topics or make suggestions for new sessions. The actual agenda is created on the day of the unconference. Using a discussion forum prior to the event allows participants to offer seed ideas or discuss a set of questions to get the ball rolling, which is the virtual portion of the event at the heart of an "unconference."
At the Event
On the day of the unconference, participants will be asked to fill out three index cards listing the top three topics they wish to discuss. These topics are seeds for conversations. From there, each card will be placed on a wall for attendees to rearrange the topics to form discussion sessions on the best ways in which to catalyze action. Usually, an unconference will have 3 to 4 parallel breakout sessions. Attendees may feel free to switch between sessions. Also, attendees may lead the session in which they are most interested. There is no “right way” to lead a session. However, there is a bias towards interaction and discussion. Frequently used session types include the following formats:
At the end of the unconference, attendees come together and share discussion results from each session. After the event, the discussion forum is used to continue conversations and provide a platform to explore innovative ideas.