Information for presenters

We are happy to confirm that the Corpora & Discourse International Conference 2020 will proceed online (17-19 June). 

To make the conference as accessible as possible, papers and posters will be pre-recorded and scheduled in a thematic panel slot in the period 17-19 June 2020. The papers and posters will be made be publicly available on the conference website corporadiscourse.com from the time of the scheduled panel. Live Zoom discussions will be set up at allocated times for each panel and will be open to all those who have registered for the conference.

As the talks will be available to a much wider audience than would usually be case, we ask all presenters to explicitly address how their research is applying corpus linguistic tools/methods to the analysis of discourse.

Paper presenters: You are invited to submit a video of 20 minutes. You can record this as a narrated powerpoint or a video of yourself speaking. This can be done using Powerpoint, Zoom, or your university’s own lecture capture software. The deadline for uploading the video is Tuesday 9 June 2020 to give us time to organise the conference space.

Poster presenters: Given the difficulties of viewing posters online, we invite you to make a 3-minute video of your research. You can record this as a narrated powerpoint or a video of yourself speaking. This can be done using Powerpoint, Zoom, or your university’s own lecture capture software. You can get some ideas on creating a 3-minute presentation from online resources such as 3-minute TED talks and advice on 3-minute theses. This is an established format which we consider an excellent way of sharing research widely. The deadline for uploading the video is Saturday 6 June 2020 to give us time to organise the conference space.

covid-19 pop-up panel: We invite you to record a 3-minute video which will be made available on the conference website and we will schedule a Zoom round-table during the conference, open to all those who have registered. You can get some ideas on creating a 3-minute presentation from online resources such as 3-minute TED talks and advice on 3-minute theses. This is an established format which we consider an excellent way of sharing research widely. The deadline to submit your video will be 11 June 2020.

FAQs FOR PRESENTERS

Will I be able to share my video on social media?

Yes, the videos are not restricted to conference participants and so you can link to this website

How long will my presentation be available?

We would like all presentations to be available for one week to maximise accessibility. After that, they can either be removed or left until the end of the year

What if I can’t attend the scheduled discussion for my panel?

We recognise that in the current, challenging, circumstances this may occur and participation is, of course, optional (but encouraged because we are looking forward to seeing you all!)

What do I need to record a presentation?

  • A computer
  • A computer microphone or a headset (your smartphone headphones will be fine)
  • A video camera (your smartphone camera or your laptop’s built in webcam will be fine)

What kind of video can I submit?

You can design your video as:

  • A narrated powerpoint 
  • A video of yourself speaking
  • A combination of the two

Do I need any special software for video recording?

You can use any lecture software (e.g. Zoom; Panopto) or Powerpoint

Where should I send/upload my file?

The lead author of your paper will receive an invitation to a Box folder where you can upload your video. 

Do I have to register with Box to upload my paper?

Yes, but it takes less than a minute

I‘ve tried to upload my file and I can’t do it – can you help?

As a last resource, you can email it to us as an attachment

How should I name my video file?

Please name your file with the title of your paper/poster (this bit is important!)

How strict are the time limits (20 minutes for standard papers / 3 minutes for posters/covid panel papers)?

As the presentations are pre-recorded, we expect the time limits to be met. We will accept recordings of up to 4 minutes for posters and up to 22 minutes for papers. Recordings which are longer will be returned for editing. We want to keep to the limits because to help keep the running order and because we want to be attentive to the needs of viewers.

Is there a limit on the size of the video file?

Yes, for practical reasons, please avoid making your files excessively large (ideally below 80MB)

Which file formats can I use? 

Any of those permitted on the WordPress platform:

  • mp4, .m4v (MPEG-4)
  • .mov (QuickTime)
  • .wmv (Windows Media Video)
  • .avi
  • .mpg
  • .ogv (Ogg)
  • .3gp (3GPP)
  • .3g2 (3GPP2)

Do you have a team of technical experts available to help?

We wish! Nope, it’s just the organising committee – we don’t have technical support and couldn’t employ any without making the fees much much higher

Why isn’t my question here?

Because no-one else has asked it yet. This is the first time we have run an online conference so we don’t yet know what people need to know. Drop us an email and we will try to answer and update here if it is likely to apply to other people.

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