Just what is “edcamp”?

To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure, which may not sound great coming from someone helping to organize the upcoming edcamp Toronto at York Univeristy on Oct 15. I can tell you what it is conceptually, but since it hasn’t happened yet, I can’t tell you exactly what it will be like.

Edcamps are not camps. They are educational un-conferences – gatherings that have no pre-set agenda that splits into numerous discussion sessions based on the interests of the participants. All participants are encouraged to present and share as much as they can, rather than simply being passive recipients. The result, I am told, is a dynamic, engaging, illuminating, and hugely effective event, which participants leave feeling thoroughly jazzed up.

You know those conferences you go to where the presentations are just so-so, but the coffee-break conversations are fabulous? Well an edcamp un-conference essentially flips that around, so the coffee-break conversations are the main event, and the structure is kept to a bare minimum.

In fact, as I write this, it reminds me of this post I wrote in January. So maybe I do know what edcamp is after all – edcamp is twitter IRL…

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