It is recommended that you reserve campus space for the conference early in the planning process. You may submit requests for space through the Room Request system (EMS) located in the Tools and Links section of your E-Portfolio or you may contact University Events & Scheduling at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice. Events & Scheduling schedules the use of classrooms, meeting rooms and dining spaces and is experienced in planning conferences.
Contact your academic computing manger to discuss the merits of using a blog or a website. Because it will be your responsibility to add content and make updates, unless you are an experienced web builder, a blog is probably the better choice. Whichever you choose, the New Media Lab will create a custom header at no charge. If you do not want to build and maintain your site, the New Media Lab can do it all for a fee.
To provide Internet access for attendees, a guest Wesleyan network account, using a conference username/password, can be activated for the duration of the conference. Attendees will have full Internet access, although no access to Wesleyan domain services. Contact your academic computing manager.
Attendees should attach to the ‘WesGuest’ wireless network. This is a WEP encrypted network. The key is: ‘w1831′. Once connected to the wireless network, users must open a browser and login with their Wesleyan guest account credentials. After connecting, opening any browser will bring up the Cisco Clean Access page, where they can sign in with the conference username/password.
Most conferences are scheduled over breaks or during the summer. While these are less busy times, keep in mind that the labs may be scheduled for maintenance or other uses. This is particularly true over the summer when both Wesleyan summer session and outside groups use the labs. Contact your academic computing manager.
Event tech support
ITS’s Instructional Media Services/Special Events group provides multimedia and technical support. Videoconferencing, video and audio recording, equipment rental, and conference tech support are among the fee-based services they provide. Rooms, services and equipment must be reserved through the Room Request (EMS) system in e-portfolio.
Registration and online payment
If there is a sponsoring scholarly society, they can often manage registration and payments.
If you are responsible for registration, and do not need to collect online fees, registration can be managed in a blog or website using Google Forms or a comparable free service. If you do need to collect fees online, contact your academic computing manager.
JotForms supports collection of registration info and fees. You will need a Paypal or Google Checkout account. It integrates with Dropbox as a way of accepting file submissions.
Conference proceedings may be added by the faculty host to the conference blog or website. They may also be archived in WesScholar using its online journal module. Contact your academic computing manager for more information.
WesScholar has an event module in which you can organize, tracks and sessions; accept and review talk proposals; and archive and publish papers, audio and video after the conference is over. The software is provided by a vendor, bepress, who will help with the setup.