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A forum is a panel presentation delivered by at least two, but no more than four, presenters. It should allow for some audience participation, but the emphasis is on the information delivered by the presenters. Use of audiovisual equipment is expected. 

AACC has implemented a new timeline for forum presentations, to allow attendees more time to move between sessions, and time to network with colleagues and forum presenters.

A forum is one hour in length. The timeline should be as follows:

  • Presentation: 40-45 minutes
  • Question and Answer: 5-10 minutes
  • Networking time for audience: 10 minutes

Lightning Round
Lightning Rounds are an opportunity for a single presenter to briefly share their experience and knowledge on a particular subject while engaging in meaningful discussions with their colleagues. Six discussions will take place in a single room, with one presenter per table. Each discussion will consist of 10 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes for Q&A and group discussion. At the conclusion of the discussion, participants will rotate to the next table. No A/V equipment or electricity will be provided, but presenters are welcome to utilize their laptops as part of their presentation. Wi-Fi will be available.

Poster Session
A poster session is an opportunity for one or several presenters to share information about a research problem, project, or study by developing a display on a set of poster boards (4' x 8'). Several posters are available at one time with the presenter(s) available to talk informally about the project with interested participants. The poster may include printed materials, graphics, and additional handouts. Presenters remain close to their displays for questions and discussion. Use of audiovisual equipment is not permitted.

Innovations Theatre
The Innovations Theatre is an opportunity to present information that puts the emphasis on fresh thinking and innovation. The Theatre will include a select number of 30-minute, interactive video/Internet presentations that spotlight innovation at community college campuses. Presentations will be 10-12 minutes long, followed by a 15-minute audience Q&A. The Innovations Theatre presentations will be presented in a special sponsored theater to be constructed as part of the AACC Exhibit Hall.

Business Meeting
A Board Meeting, Executive Committee Meeting, Membership Meeting, or other type of meeting. It can include beverages or food service, but it is not a reception or hospitality event. It is NOT an opportunity to make a presentation on a topic area. Requests will be honored in the order received, based on space availability. The limited times in which meetings may be scheduled are listed in the Preliminary Schedule of Events under the heading, Preconvention Meetings. No meetings will be scheduled during the following sessions: Opening,  Spotlights, Forums, the Luncheon, Dinner or the Brunch. There is no charge for the meeting room. Approved events will receive information on ordering A/V and any food/beverages in late January.

Social Event
A Social Event is considered to be either a reception or hospitality function. Social Event space may be requested by AACC members, exhibitors, or organizations whose interests relate to community colleges. Requests will be honored in the order received, based on space availability. The limited times in which Social Events may be scheduled are listed on the Preliminary Schedule of Events (PDF) under the heading Social Events. Please note starting times, which are not the same on each event date. There is no charge for the meeting room. Information on ordering A/V and any food/beverages will be mailed with approval notices in late January.

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