Changes between Version 5 and Version 6 of Programme


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Feb 27, 2013, 2:16:37 PM (8 years ago)
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Ben Lippmeier
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    2323All level of baked-ness are acceptable at FP-Syd, but the talk format needs to be adjusted to suit. As the level of baked-ness decreases, the audience participation must increase, otherwise the audience will be left behind without any clue as to what the speaker is talking about. The usual problem is that the speaker won't know how to present the material, or at what level to pitch it, and they can only determine this by trying to explain it the first time...
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    25 For this reason we have a designated "Talk Jockey" for each presentation, whose explicit role is to ask questions about anything they don't understand. The jockey also tries to judge how well the audience is following the presentation, and can instruct the speaker to slow down, provide more examples, or try to re-explain something they feel the audience has missed. At venues without a jockey, this process sometimes happens organically as the audience will ask their own questions, but at FP-Syd we designate a specific jockey to ensure it does happen. Research working groups such as [http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/ralf.hinze/WG2.8/ WG2.8] also use this model.
     25For this reason we have a designated "Talk Jockey" for each presentation, whose explicit role is to ask questions about anything they don't understand. The jockey also tries to judge how well the audience is following the presentation, and can instruct the speaker to slow down, provide more examples, or try to re-explain something they feel the audience has missed. At venues without a jockey this process sometimes happens organically, as the audience will ask their own questions, but at FP-Syd we also designate a specific jockey to ensure it does happen. Research working groups such as [http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/ralf.hinze/WG2.8/ WG2.8] also use this model.
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    27 The jockey also has a equally important dual role: they can instruct the speaker to speed up, or to skip over material if they feel the audience already understands it. FP-Syd talks have no fixed length, but they can't run forever. Having a jockey help guide the presentation ensures we make good use of the available time.
     27The jockey also has a equally important dual role: they can instruct the speaker to speed up, or to skip over material if they feel the audience already understands it. FP-Syd talks have no fixed length, but they can't run forever. Having a jockey helps to guide the presentation and ensures that we make good use of the available time.
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     29=== Process ===
     30 1. The session chair designates a jockey for each talk. Ideally, the jockey should have an average level of familiarity with the material to be presented, relative to the overall audience. If they are too familiar then they probably won't need to ask questions. If they are completely unfamiliar they probably won't know what questions to ask.
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     32 2. The jockey should sit at the front of the room, so they can get a good view of both the audience and presentation.
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     34 3. The jockey should talk to the presented for a few minutes before hand, to get a sense of how much material there is to present, along with a rough estimate of talk length.
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     36 4. During the talk, if the jockey doesn't understand something, or feels the audience doesn't understand, then they should slow down the speaker and ask questions.
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     38 5. If the jockey feels the speaker is presenting something the audience already understands well, or is repeating material, then they should instruct the speaker to skip it. It's much better to spend time on the hard stuff rather than the easy stuff.
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     40 6. The jockey should keep track of the time, and ensure the talk runs for a reasonable length. A reasonable length is enough time to convey the key ideas but not so long that the audience gets bored with it. Further discussion can always be taken to the pub, or continued at the next meeting.
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