2010 Program Conference
Here are some of the more interesting tidbits from the eval.
- Educational sessions (break-outs) were the most valuable part of the conference to 36% of respondents, the highest ranked part of the conference. This marks an interesting change from last year, when Center-organized time was the highest ranked event (39% marked it as most valuable in 2009, compared to 20% this year).
- The Hilton and the Bloomington location were rated as excellent. (For this reason we are considering having it there again next year!)
- The Poster Session was considered good networking time by 61% of respondents, and a very useful and informative session by 40% of respondents. Fifty-eight percent of respondents learned about Extension projects they did not previously have knowledge of. The Poster Session used to be more universally-loved on the eval, so I wonder if this means it is time to shake things up a bit.
- Fifty-eight percent of respondents indicated they participated in some aspect of Technopalooza (Technology Fair, held all day Tuesday). Of these respondents, 80% thought it was an effective way to teach technology topics at Program Conference. Forty-eight percent of all survey respondents thought a Technopalooza type of event should be included in the conference next year.
- General feedback indicated that participants liked the variety offered at the conference this year and the fact that networking was explicitly encouraged.
I hope you had a worthwhile experience at Program Conference this year! I sure enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces!