Thank you for joining us for the NISTS 2023 virtual conference, February 1-3. Over 380 transfer professionals from across the country have registered to attend the event, and we can't wait to see everyone and discuss our favorite topic--transfer student success!
Please see below for important tips and reminders about the virtual conference format. Although we've been planning for months and feel confident everything will run smoothly, it's important that all attendees become familiar with the following technical requirements.
GET THE CONFERENCE APP
You cannot participate in the virtual conference without the conference app.
It has everything you'll need to customize your conference experience, including the event schedule, session descriptions and access links, presentation slides and handouts, and even virtual networking tools. It's fairly intuitive to use, but we've compiled some tips and tricks below to help you get started.
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you must enable pop-ups for Zoom to work properly)
Only registered conference attendees can access the app. If you registered for the event today, it may take up to 24 hours for the app to recognize your login credentials.
If you get stuck or need help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to troubleshoot issues.
USING THE APP
Log In. You must use the same email address you used to register for the conference. Only registered attendees may access the app, so please do not share this information.
Set Password. Anything will work but be sure it's something you'll remember.
Create Profile. In this app, your profile is like your event name badge. You can include as much or as little info as you’d like. If you want to make changes later, simply click the "Me" icon in the bottom right of the app. You can even link to profiles on other sites like LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
Important: We had to add your email to the app to make sure you could log in. If you prefer not to share that information with other conference attendees when you "Connect," you may delete it.
Refresh Regularly. We're updating the app in real time as new information becomes available. Click the refresh arrow (in your browser tab or in the top right corner of the mobile app) at least once or twice a day to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.
KEEP IN MIND:
If using the mobile app: Be sure to enable notifications so that you can receive alerts about conference announcements.
If using the web app: Enable pop-ups in your web browser so that you don’t miss any important information.
Time Zone: The app's default time zone is PST, but the "Your Time" column on the schedule will automatically adjust to your location. (see image below for reference)
JOINING LIVE SESSIONS
Open the Virtual Schedule then click on the session you want to attend. The "Video Stream" icon under the session title will turn into a "Join Video Stream" button about fifteen minutes before the session's designated start time. When you're ready, click the button to enter that session's waiting room.
• Will I need a webcam and mic?
We strongly encourage you to tune into the conference with a webcam and mic so that you can fully participate in breakout session discussions. That said, you are welcome to view only if you prefer.
• Can I phone into sessions?
No, unfortunately there is no call-in option for the live sessions. Only the Zoom weblink is available in the conference app.
• May I provide feedback to presenters?
Yes, please be sure to submit an anonymous session evaluation for each session you attend. You’ll find the link to the evaluation form at the bottom of each session listing.
• What if I miss a session?
Don’t worry if you miss a live session you wanted to attend. We’re recording all the sessions and will make the videos available for asynchronous viewing after the conference concludes. You’ll have access to all the material in the conference app through April 30, 2023.
KEY APP FEATURES
• Virtual Schedule
This is where you’ll find the details for all the conference sessions—days/times, titles, descriptions, presenters, etc. The filter icon at the top can help you narrow down the list, and you can click the + icon on the right side of each listing to add individual sessions to the “My Agenda” tab. Tap/click each session listing to read the description and preview the handouts.
• On-Demand Videos and Poster Presentations
Some conference content was pre-recorded for asynchronous viewing. You'll have access to these videos and handouts via the conference app through April 30, 2023.
This is how we'll share updates and reminders about the event. Be sure to enable pop-ups on your web browser and notifications on your mobile device to see them in real time.
• Sponsors & Partners
Click the Sponsors & Partners icon at any time during the conference to learn more about the products and services offered by our conference sponsors and educational partners. Many of these organizations will be available for live chats during the Exhibit Hall hours, but you can also Request Follow Up or Email for more information from directly within the app.
Play the Scavenger Hunt to Win Prizes
Start your day off right … Warm up each morning by interacting with other attendees on the social wall and chatting with our sponsors and partners to learn about the resources they offer. As a bonus, you’ll earn highly coveted scavenger hunt points and move closer to winning a variety of prizes.
Visit the Scavenger Hunt icon to learn more about the game and be sure to add the Exhibit Hall times to your personalized conference agenda and calendar.
Wednesday, 10-11:45 am (EST) | Thursday, 10-11 am (EST) | Friday, 11 am-12 pm (EST)
NETWORKING WITH THE APP
Click the Attendees icon to see who registered for the conference. You can scroll up and down or search for specific names or keywords. Use the sort icon in the top right corner of your screen to shuffle results from A-Z based on First, Last, or Company name or attendee Title.
Click the "Add" button in the Attendee List to invite others to exchange their contact information with you. Those who accept will be listed in the “Connections” section of your app, where you can send them a direct message via app chat. If someone asks to connect with you, you will see a red badge on your Connections tab.
The Social Wall is sort of like an in-app social media feed. Click “What’s on your mind?” to post comments, pictures, big ideas, and questions for all conference attendees to see. Did something funny happen in your session? Did you gain a new, mind-blowing perspective? Let us know!
Use our fillable conference workbook to keep track of all your ideas, action items, and session takeaways. Developed with the help of our Curriculum Planning Committee, the workbook includes reflection sections for Before, During, and After the event, as well as concurrent session worksheets and multiple notes pages. If you prefer taking notes by hand, be sure to print a copy before the event begins!
SPONSORS & PARTNERS
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FEBRUARY 21-23, 2024