An important note: Our Conference Day is a Live Event. It will start at 8:00am GMT on Saturday November 14. When you log in early to explore our new online conference platform (which we hope you will) there may be some items you cannot access yet. All items will become accessible once the live Conference Day begins.
To ensure you get the most out of the AISA 2020 Virtual Conference Day, please go through this important checklist:
The AVLE comprises the following sections:
The below instructions provide further details on what each section offers.
The programme for the AISA 2020 Virtual Conference Day runs dynamically in the FOYER of the AISA Virtual Learning Environment (AVLE); showing what is currently live, what is coming up next and what follows. The programme will automatically show the current session at its scheduled time. Be sure to look for the big pink box that says ‘Live Now’. You may need to scroll on the programme window to find this. It is here too that you will find the links to the various live workshops on offer throughout the day on Zoom. Simply click on the Zoom link of the scheduled plenary of your chosen workshop to launch Zoom and join your fellow delegates in the live sessions. Don’t forget to close the Zoom App at the end of every session and return to the FOYER.
Here are our tips to ensure you stay with the programme and don’t miss anything:
Our Virtual Coffee Shop allows you to start or join a group discussion on topics of common interest. Simply use the pop out menu to navigate to the NETWORKING section on the AVLE, look for ‘Coffee Shop’ and click on ‘Join Discussion’ for a list of current topics or, if you like, ‘Start Discussion’ to create a new topic. These groups are open to all delegates.
You can also have one-on-one chats with fellow delegates in our Meeting Rooms. Again, click on the NETWORKING item on our pop out menu, navigate to the Delegate Directory and find the delegate you wish to chat to and start your conversation. Our delegates are listed by first name. You will see notifications of chat messages sent to you by other delegates in your Conference Bag. Look for the little pink circle attached to your bag.
Remember when you used to walk into the Exhibition Hall and chat with our exhibitors? For AISA 2020 we have created a virtual showcase with our exhibitors for you to see what products and services they have on offer for our school members. From the Foyer, click on the SHOWCASES on our pop out menu, browse through to the associate showcases, download any resources on offer, chat live with their hosts and, for those associates that have scheduled them, join a live Zoom meeting at 12:15 pm GMT. And don’t miss the Learning Partners Present (LPP) workshops being facilitated by our sponsors. We strongly suggest you browse the showcases whenever you have a spare minute as there is lots to see and great resources to download into your conference bag! We will keep these showcases open for a while after the Conference Day so you can always come back again.
If you find a resource of interest in one of our AISA Associates’ Virtual Showcases, you can either download it direct, email it to yourself (or someone else), or save it to your Conference Bag where it will be kept until you have time to download it after the conference. No rush with this – your conference bag will remain active for the next few weeks so feel free to log back in and return to the AVLE and explore further resources anytime.
We know that this type of environment is new to many of us. If at any time you need our help, simply click on the Support Chat on the bottom right hand corner of your screen and an AISA team member will assist you in real time between 5:00 am and 17:00 pm GMT on the Conference Day. If we are offline, after that, please use the email function in the same Support Chat box and we’ll get back to you soonest. Enjoy your AISA 2020 Virtual Conference Day!
The Association of International Schools in Africa is dedicated to serving its members throughout Africa during this challenging time. Please let us know if you require additional or specific information, resources and or support, and we will endeavour to assist you as soon as possible.