What is IDEA's response to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak?
As advised via email the IDEA Elected Officers have developed a strategy to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on planning and preparation for IDEA2020 Congress scheduled for Beijing, July 5-9, 2020.
There are five parts to this strategy:
In practical terms, this means that the IDEA Congress planned for July 2020 will not go ahead. Even if the outbreak is brought under control, many people will not or will not be able to travel. Our focus therefore is on a response using technology such as webinars and strengthening regional links.
We will also focus on IDEA2022 Congress in Iceland.
Check the IDEA web site and also the IDEA FaceBook Page for updates
Planning for IDEA using webinar technology
Use technology to create and sustain three on-line/webinar events in 2020 as part of that transformational strategy
At the heart of this strategy is developing IDEA communications and technology such as a webinar tool to provide ongoing IDEA activity during 2020 and 2021. The shape of this on-line activity is preliminary and some emerging ideas include:
Overview: IDEA proposes three events in 2020
There is technology for running webinars of scale from the same company that IDEA uses for ZOOM Meetings.
Webinars (web seminars) are video presentations and workshops hosted online and accessed remotely from computers/phones/etc. by audiences and members. There is capacity for on-line registration and payment. While usually “live” at time of presentation they can also be recorded and reviewed on demand to those who register.
A Webinar is scheduled In much the same way that a ZOOM Meeting is scheduled. What is different is that in a ZOOM Meeting everyone can talk and see and share documents. In a webinar, the flow of information is between interactive participants and the host and this is streamed to the attendee audience who can interact by asking questions via text and participating in polls.
There are issues with Webinars in managing time zones (as we know from our ZOOM meetings). But you can also time shift presentations through recordings.
The advantages of using this system (which is one of many) is that the system is relatively stable and widely available to anyone with a device – laptop, tablet, phone, computer with Internet access. We are familiar with using it. It is easy to manage participants (attendee/audience) and have them pay to participate. There is security and privacy. Afterwards it is possible to review information about who participated and how they did so.
Strengthen regional events and partner with already planned events, linking them to on-line identity and branding
IDEA is calling for expressions of interest from IDEA members who wish to give a regional perspective to their scheduled or planned events.
Please contact the IDEA Secretary if you can support this initiative
Solidarity and support for IDEC and drama educators
IDEA is committed to supporting IDEC and the growth of drama education in China.
IDEA Congress July 3-8 2022 in Reykjavík hosted by FLISS, IDEA’s member from Iceland
Watch for news of the planning for this event.
General Meeting of Council
As required by the IDEA Constitution, a General Council Meeting was scheduled for the IDEA2020 Congress in Beijing.
This now will need to happen at another time and in another place during 2020 or early in 2021.
IDEA invites expressions of interest about hosting this event.