Guidance for Session Chairs

Thank you for chairing a session as part of the ALT Annual Conference 2021.

Please take an opportunity to familiarise yourself with our Guidance for Session Chairs and get in touch with at your earliest opportunity should you have any questions or require assistance.

This year’s conference will be delivered via our conference platform using Streamyard and Discord. Ahead of the conference, we will send you an individual session chair link to the sessions you are chairing.

Chairing sessions on Streamyard

All live sessions will be in Streamyard. Each session will be facilitated by a host, a member of staff, and chaired by you, one of our volunteer Session Chairs.

As a session chair, you are responsible for:

  1. Introducing the speaker and the session title.
  2. Monitoring the chat/questions coming in and facilitating the interaction between the audience and the speaker.
  3. Keeping the session to time.

Note that you will be able to see participant chat within the live session. In order to post in the chat, you will need to be signed in to YouTube. The host will post general announcements and links from presenters and so forth into the chat for participants.

Guidance for Session Chairs

Chairing sessions on Streamyard

Session Chair and Speaker Orientation Sessions

We can only help 10 speakers at the same time, so if you click to join a session which is full, please wait a few minutes and try again.


Before the session

Joining the session

Chairing the session

Private chat

Session hosts

Questions from participants

More conversation? Head to the Discord channels

Help is at hand

Session recordings

Code of Conduct and netiquette

Netiquette – a guide for social media sharing