Our first-ever, virtual conference is finally here!
Thank you for joining us for the NISTS 2021: Not So Secret Transfer Agents conference, February 23-25. Over 800 transfer professionals from across the country have registered to attend this special 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.
All live conference sessions will be delivered via the Zoom meeting platform. Be sure to download/update to the latest desktop edition to ensure you'll have access to all essential meeting features.
GET THE CONFERENCE APP
You cannot participate in the virtual conference without the conference app. There are two versions available: the mobile device app or the browser-based web app. You can learn more about everything the app has to offer below.
USING THE APP
Login. 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 context, your profile is like your event name badge. You can include as much or as little info as you’d like (though, we think more is better!). If you want to make changes later, simply click the "Me" icon in the bottom left of the app.
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, you may delete it.
If using the mobile app: Be sure to enable notifications so that you can receive alerts about conference announcement.
If using the web app: Enable pop-ups in your web browser so that you don’t miss any important information.
The app home screen/main menu has several categories of information to peruse. Here are a few need-to-know highlights:
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
This is where you’ll find the details for all the live conference sessions—days/times, titles, descriptions, presenters, etc. You can click the + icon on the right side of each listing to add individual sessions to the “My Agenda” tab, but please note that doing so doesn’t guarantee your seat. The filter icon at the top can help you narrow down the list.
Click each session listing to read the description and preview the handouts. You can join the live session up to fifteen minutes before the official start time by clicking the blue “Video Stream” icon under the session title.
ON-DEMAND & 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, 2021.
Click the Exhibit Hall icon at any time during the conference to learn more about the products and services offered by our conference sponsors and educational partners. If you’d like more information, click Request Follow Up to send an email directly to the exhibitor or click Visit Virtual Booth to immediately meet via Zoom during the open Exhibit Hall hours. (Note: Zoom meeting passcodes are listed below the organization’s description if/when required.)
Be sure to submit an anonymous session evaluation for each live concurrent session you attend. You’ll find the link to each session’s unique evaluation form at the bottom of the session listing. (You’ll rate featured sessions like the keynote and plenaries in the overall conference evaluation once the conference concludes.)
Don’t worry if you miss a live session you wanted to attend. We’re recording all live featured and concurrent sessions and will make them available for asynchronous viewing after the conference concludes. You’ll have access to all the material in the conference app through April 30, 2021.
One of the biggest challenges of a virtual conference is networking, but there are several ways to leverage the conference app to make connections with other participants:
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 Connect tab 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. Click it then click the alarm bell (top of screen) to accept or reject the invitation.
If using the mobile app, click the Shake icon to see a list of attendees who are also shaking their device at the time. Click “Add” to invite them to your Connections list.
The Social Wall is sort of like 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!
Although not directly linked within the app, you can use #NISTS2021 or #TransferAgents to connect with others who are talking about the conference on your favorite social media platforms. And be sure to tag us in your posts! (@NISTS on Facebook or @transfertweet on Twitter)
PARTNERS & SPONSORS
Join us February 2-4, 2022 to celebrate our 20th annual national conference!
COMING JUNE 2021!