How to attend SILS 27
Platforms: Zoom and Sched
To coordinate the conference, we are using two main platforms: Zoom for video calls, and Sched for posting the conference schedule and all links. If you haven’t used Zoom before, we encourage you to visit http://www.zoom.us to create a free account, and to download the Zoom app onto whatever device you plan to use to attend SILS (which may be a computer, a phone, or a tablet).
Links to all Zoom calls will be available only within the SILS programme on Sched.
Everyone who registers for the conference will be added as an Attendee in Sched, and will receive an invitation link there. If you register after Friday June 11, there may be a delay of up to 24 hours in getting you access to the Zoom links.
Social / Help Desk
Throughout the conference, there will be a Social / Info Desk Zoom call open throughout the conference. If you need help, or just want to socialize and chat with other attendees in a breakout room, you’re welcome to join this Zoom call during the conference hours each day.
What is Sched
We are using the website Sched to share the conference programme. Within the next 24 hours you will receive an email from Sched inviting you to the “Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium 27” event.
If you have not used Sched before, you will be invited to create a password for your new account. (If you encounter an error, ask it to “Reset your password”). If you have used Sched before, you should be able to log in, and see all profile information you have created before.
Once you’ve logged in on Sched, you can upload a biography or other information about yourself, but also edit the description of any programme events you’re participating in.
For more information about Sched, you can visit:
Support for Speakers: https://sched.com/guide-category/speaker-tools/
Support for Attendees: https://sched.com/guide-category/guide-for-attendees/
Creating a Personal Schedule
Once you’re logged into Sched, you can create a “personal schedule” that indicates what programme items you plan to attend as an audience member.
We’re still in the process of confirming chairs for the talk sessions—if you plan to attend individual talk sessions, it would be helpful to us if you add them to your personal schedule in the next day or two, so that we can see who will be attending each session and potentially approach you to help fill gaps in our chairing schedule.
How to present at SILS 27
All events on the schedule will take place via Zoom meetings (not webinars, if you’re familiar with the difference). The links to all Zoom meetings will appear in Sched.
In each session there will be a technical assistant, who will “host” the Zoom call, and also help with any technical issues that arise during the session. Please plan to arrive for your session 15 minutes early, so that you can iron out any technical issues, discuss whether you will need breakout rooms (for workshops), etc.
If you are giving a talk / paper, you will be scheduled in a session of 2-4 talks. Each talk will last for 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions; the technical assistant will give you time signals if you ask them to. Please show up before the first talk in the session, not before your individual talk.
Panels include several panelists; the organization of the individual presentations is up to the chair, who should plan to discuss it with the technical assistant in advance. (If you are chairing a panel, your panelists may not have been added to the programme item in Sched! Let us know who needs to be added.
Workshops are longer events (scheduled for 2 hours in most case), that we assume are likely to be more interactive than other programme items.
It is up to you what you do with the time! Let the technical assistant know if you plan to use breakout rooms, and they can either make you a co-host or create the breakout rooms for you.
Posters will all take place during a single poster session on Wednesday. The session will begin with short “flash talks” from all poster presenters (during which they may screenshare slides or a traditional poster), after which each poster presenter will have an individual breakout room where they can give short presentations to small groups, as in traditional physical poster sessions.