Dear buddy :)

This is a survey to get your feedback on Virtually Connecting.

*You are being asked to participate in a research study. The purpose of the research is to get feedback on Virtually Connecting which you have participated in as a virtual or onsite buddy/guest or as a conference organizer. People who have watched hangouts are also welcome to respond. The findings of this study may be published, presented, or both. The expected duration of your participation is 5-10 minutes.

The procedures of this part of the research are for you to answer the online survey questions, with possible follow-up email questions if you give us your email address.

*There will not be any expected risks or discomforts associated with this research.

*There may be benefits to you from this research if you plan on attending future conferences, as your feedback on how we are doing so far may influence what gets done in future. In addition, your reflections on past experience may deepen your personal learning.

*The information you provide for purposes of this research is anonymous; if you provide your email for follow-up, it will be kept confidential. The last question in the survey will ask if you are willing to be quoted by name, if you are willing, please provide your name at the end of the survey.

For questions regarding your rights in this research or any other questions, please contact Maha Bali (bali@aucegypt.edu, @bali_maha), Associate Professor Practice at the American University in Cairo or Rebecca J Hogue (Rhogue@pobox.com @rjhogue), independent researcher

*Participation in this study is voluntary. Refusal to participate will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. You may discontinue participation at any time without penalty or the loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. Since survey responses are anonymous, they cannot be withdrawn after they have been submitted.

This survey will be live until March 31, 2016.

For info, VC has covered the following conferences:
  1. Et4online
  2. EMOOCS2015
  3. Hastac2015
  4. Dhsi15
  5. Digped
  6. Dml2015
  7. Dst2015 VoicesOfChange
  8. Altc 
  9. QUBEpt
  10. Olc15
  11. Dlrn15
  12. OpenEd15 
  13. NWP15
  14. Bit2015
  15. ASCILITE2015
  16. SocMedHE15
  17. Educause 2015
  18. AACU16
  19. ELI 2016
  20. (more to come...)

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* 1. I have read and understood the information included in this form, and agree to participate in this research; I understand that if I submit my response anonymously I will not be able to withdraw later. I understand that at any point while answering this survey, if I do not click submit/done, my response will not be recorded.

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* 2. I have participated in Virtually Connecting in each of the following ways (select all that apply)

For reference:
Buddies are deeply involved with pre-planning either onsite or virtually, usually using their own devices virtually or onsite, and are usually members of the Slack team.

Guests agree to participate at a specific date/time either onsite or virtually but generally have minimal pre-planning roles before the hangout

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* 3. How has your overall experience with VC been?

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* 4. What do you think are the best things VC offers?

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* 5. What are key things you would like us at VC to continue doing?

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* 6. What are some key things you think VC could do to improve? Why? (be as specific or as general as you wish)

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* 7. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements

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VC provides space for formal discussion
VC provides space for social interaction
VC provides space for informal professional interaction
VC helps me expand my Personal Learning Network
VC feels like an exclusive club
VC expands access to conference conversations
VC conversations add value to onsite conference participants
VC interrupts/disrupts face-to-face interaction
VC sessions need careful facilitation
VC session success depends on buddy facilitation
VC session success depends on onsite guest personality
VC has helped me improve my digital literacies
VC has increased my confidence in synchronous hangouts
VC has made me more confident approaching others virtually
VC has made me more confident approaching others onsite at conferences
VC gives me ideas/resources I can take back to my professional practice
VC sessions differ depending upon the dynamic of the particular group involved

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* 8. How can VC expand access further? (select all that apply)

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* 9. Are there particular VC hangouts or types of hangouts you consider to have been particularly good? Which ones? Why?

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* 10. Are there particular VC hangouts (or types of hangouts) that you feel don’t/didn't offer as much value? Why?

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* 11. Are there particular speakers (guests) you think could/should participate in VC in future?

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* 12. In what ways can Virtually Connecting be more welcoming to participants?

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* 13. What kinds of barriers do you see to participation in Virtually Connecting? (the list is based on feedback we have received by some individuals; feel free to add)

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* 14. Currently conferences who wish to partner with us sometimes offer us dedicated space on site and/or on their website, talk about us openly in plenaries, help us out with wifi and technology, and sometimes offer free passes or reduced conference attendance fees. In return, we do more hangouts. How else could conferences possibly partner with us?

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* 15. Please share your email address if willing to be contacted for further questions or to join our mailing list (your email will not be connected to your responses in the analysis)

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* 16. If willing to be quoted by name for any of the responses above, please give us your name below (if you do, you are giving us permission to connect your name with your responses in publications/presentations)

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