"I think what's unique about OCALICON is the variety of sessions here. There are lots of different opportunities for people – all kinds of learners – to come and engage the way they choose to learn."
OCALICON offers a variety of session types designed to be engaging, innovative, scholarly, interactive, visual, and applicable to all kinds of learners in all kinds of settings. Sessions are presented in different formats in order to best meet audience interests and learning styles.
STRATEGY SMACKDOWN SESSIONS
Quick-paced sessions that are participant lead. Attendees share ideas and gather new ones as they introduce previously implemented visuals, manipulatives, apps, and/or models of evidence-based strategies and positive promising practices in an energetic and upbeat tempo. Within given topic areas, participants will share details about the strategy, the features and components, how it supports individuals, why it is useful or beneficial, and how it can be transferable and used by those in attendance.
An interactive group of presenters who represent differing viewpoints or experiences on key topics and issues. Panel sessions are designed to cultivate increased understanding and advance knowledge on a particular subject through the generated interaction among the panelists. Questions from the audience maybe submitted in writing or asked in real time. Panel session rooms feature a relaxed setting with four chairs or stools in the front of the room.
HANDS-ON INTERACTIVE SESSIONS
An exploration and manipulation of technology, materials, and/or resources. These sessions use activities and small table groups to encourage audience participation and engagement with concepts, ideas, role plays, and implementation strategies to better understand and make practical application of session content.
FACILITATED DISCUSSION SESSIONS
A dynamic, interactive conversation to engage the audience in sharing their thoughts, ideas, strategies, and perspectives with one another. The presenters serve more like facilitators, briefly introducing a topic and then posing questions to draw the audience into a discussion, actively engaging them in a lively and emerging exchange of viewpoints and ideas. Rooms for facilitated discussions sit participants in a circle rather than in rows and are limited in number of chairs in order to promote discussion and collective interaction.
A series of 12-15 minute succinct and well-rehearsed talks using minimal slides. Similar to a TED Talk, MasterMinds focus on big ideas as the presenter poses a question and challenges the audience to consider innovative approaches and a new perspective or different way of thinking based on the presenter’s personal narrative, experiences, knowledge, and/or ideas learned along the way.
Visual displays of innovative content, data, and/or findings. Poster sessions remain hanging throughout OCALICON, allowing attendees to see and review topics at their leisure. Scheduled one-hour session times also provide an opportunity to engage presenters in one-on-one discussions.
LEARNING LAB SESSIONS
A hands-on technology-based environment for discovering and practicing new skills and techniques with a variety of software and technology products. The Learning Lab is BYOT (bring your own technology) and is facilitated by content experts. A handful of networked laptops and iPads may be available for use. An overview of tools and resources will be accompanied by active demonstrations where participants get to explore and practice what they learn as they go.
Classroom-style instructional sessions typically on a singular topic of focus.
Presenters from leading companies and organizations showcase products and services, and engage in a question-and-answer exchange with participants.