Guidance for Presenters

Before the conference

In advance of your session at the ALT Online Winter Conference 2016, please see the guidance for presenters below.

Presenters’ pre-conference checklist:

  • Cancellations: If are no longer able to give your presentation, please contact

In advance of webinars

Unless you requested otherwise, webinars will be run in Blackboard Collaborate. If this will be your first time using the platform, please look at the Blackboard Collaborate guidance to help you prepare.

We are holding open office hours where you can test Blackboard Collaborate and ask the ALT Team any questions you have about the webinars and/or the conference. Office hours are currently scheduled for:

  • Thursday 1 Dec, 2-3pm
  • Monday 5 Dec, 3-4pm

To join office hours visit

Office hours are optional and you can test Blackboard Collaborate anytime by joining a ‘sandbox’ session and try out the platform. To join the sandbox session, please use the following links:

Please  note: The moderator link can only be used by one person at a time and is required if you wish to test loading content such as slides. If someone is already in the webinar as a moderator, you can join as a participant and get moderator privileges.

If you can’t make it to the office hours and have any questions regarding Blackboard Collaborate, please contact us at

Running your session

Guidance for presenters on webinars

Due to a tightly packed schedule, we will adhere to strict time limits for webinars:

  • Webinars are allocated 45 minutes in total
  • Presenters should plan for a 30-minute presentation including any interactive elements and Q&A

Discussions can be continued in the virtual conference cafe.

Each session will be moderated by a member of the ALT Staff Team who will introduce the session and ensure that timings are adhered to.

You will be able to access Blackboard Collaborate up to 30 minutes prior to your session start time, in order to prepare and upload any presentation slides. A member of the ALT Team will be in the session from this time to grant you the necessary moderator rights.

Webinars can be accessed directly from the online programme. Simply click ‘Join Webinar’ on each of the sessions within the programme at

If you have any technical difficulties prior to or during your session, please contact

Guidance for presenters on Tweetchats

Tweetchats will be led by the presenter. A suggested combination of hashtags is included on your session page.

If you haven’t already done so, please let us know your Twitter handles for the chat by emailing before 12noon on the 5 December. This will enable us to include this in the conference information and help promote the chat via the official conference channels.

If you have any questions or are no longer able to host your chat, please contact

After the conference

Following the conference the online conference platform will remain available at If you are writing about the conference, share your posts by using the #altc hashtag.

As this is the only the second online event of this size that we are running, your feedback will be especially important this year, so look out for the evaluation form.

All sessions at this conference are led by ALT Members and we’d like to say thank you for helping us put together such a varied programme. Thank you.