SRA International recognizes that information can be learned in different ways, and that many SRA sessions and workshops are already using diverse formats. For the 2017 Annual Meeting, SRA International is asking speakers the type of format they intend to use in his/her presentations so we can improve the design of the program and assist members with personalizing their schedules and learning opportunities.
- Workshop: 3 ½ or 7 hour deep dives into specific learning topics, led by one or more experts. These are designed to allow participants to more fully explore an area of interest and learn new skills or develop new strategies. Workshops may include more hands-on exercises, discussion groups, and other in-depth experiences. Workshops are offered on Saturday or Sunday only.
- Learning Café: An informal gathering of attendees, led by an expert or mentor, to discuss pre-identified topics during a break or after a lunch meeting. The “Learning Café” opportunities allow for small groups to interact and “continue the conversation” on many topics already covered in the traditional sessions or workshops. The Learning Café sessions are meant to encourage networking and connecting with peers for future interactions after the conference ends.
- Concurrent Session
- Presentation: 75-minute sessions designed in a traditional format, aimed at a specific focus in which the audience listens to what the presenter has to say, even though the presenter should encourage audience participation and entertain questions. The majority of concurrent sessions at SRA meetings have typically fit in this category and form the core of conference offerings. Presenters are encouraged to use active learning techniques to engage audiences, distribute materials, and respond to follow-up requests for more information.
- Discussion: 75-minutes structured discussions on a key learning topic or challenge. Presenters facilitate and engage attendees in a structured exploratory discussion, encouraging participation from participants.
- Panel: 75-minute sessions that discuss a topic with a selected group of panel members (typically no more than 3-4) with contrasting or complementary points of view. The panel is actively moderated by a chair, with time reserved for audience participation, questions, and comments.
- Case Study: 75-minute, focused sessions that highlight organizational stories of success, lessons learned, failed initiatives, and best practices. Presenters will share their stories and engage participants in focused dialogues about the implications of these examples for other organizations. These are all up-to-date, honest, under-the-hood explorations of learning innovation and implementation from real experiences.
- Step-by-Step/”How To”: Pragmatic, 75-minute sessions that provide practical advice and suggested action steps to successfully implement and/or utilize strategies, approaches to and technologies for learning or implementing new policies, regulations, or requirements.