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13: UnConference

We made it!

It’s the end of the semester and it’s time to celebrate! This week we will host our very own virtual conference. In the spirit of scholarly conversation, this means you can present work in progress or work that is near completion.

Wednesday agenda

During our Wednesday meeting, we’ll troubleshoot any questions and issues with recording our virtual conference talks.


Your talk should be a minimum of 7 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes. This time limit will be strictly enforced and I will reject any video that does not adhere to the time limit.

Write yourself a script. Do not just talk through your slides. You will go over time.

Do multiple takes. You probably won’t get it right the first time. Give yourself the time to make a smooth recording–you can even slice together the best parts of a couple different recordings.

Record somewhere quiet. I know we may not all have the luxury of a quiet space away from housemates during lockdown. If you’re able to, record somewhere quiet like a small room with lots of stuff in it (this absorbs outside noise) and no fridges/computers/fans running. iMovie and MovieMaker both have noise reduction filters to reduce some background noise.

Edit out unecessary bits. You’ve only got 10 minutes–don’t waste them rambling! Cut out pauses and the fumbling around bits where you’re looking for the pause button.

You can record your video with a number of tools. You do not need to show your face in your video.

  • Zoom allows single-person recording if you start a call with no one else present. It has a screenshare function if you want to display your slides, or you can set your slides to be your background.
  • Quicktime and VLC are both free apps and available on Mac and PC. You can, but you don’t have to, use a free video editing suite like iMovie on Mac or MovieMaker for PC to add text overlay and music to give your talk a YouTube feel. (This is how I make our class videos!)
  • PechaKucha has a Create tool that will let you upload images and record audio in 20 second bites (PechaKucha is a format where you show 20 slides for 20 seconds each, or about 7 minutes total).

Your talk should give us a brief overview of your data but otherwise assume familiarity with your methods. Remember that you’re speaking to an audience of your peers–you don’t need to explain what DH is or what a network is.

Give us some visuals to look at besides your (wonderful!) face. Tableau and Observable both embed in Google Slides; you can also export image files or take screen shots to include. If you use interactives in your slides, post a link to your slides or link to your project when you post your video.


  1. Post your own project talk to your #panel channel. #panel channels will be assigned when I assign your panels.
  2. Post a link to your project to your #panel channel.
  3. Co-panelists should comment on each others’ presentations using the TQE format we’ve been using for discussion starters.
  4. All other students should comment on at least two other panels using the 3CQ format we’ve been using for responses.


None! Watch and respond to each others’ panel videos.

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