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Bringing Events Online: A Resourceful Report


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By Christina Ngo, University Innovation Fellow at the Office of Applied Innovation

On Monday, March 16, 2020, ASU staff and faculty received notice that while the university would remain open, telework would become the first choice and priority for as many employees as possible. After that announcement, my managing director, Luke Tate, called me minutes later to provide clarity and reinforce the message. 

With his support and encouragement, the decision was made to transition the annual ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference to completely online…in eight days. As a University Innovation Fellow within the Office of Applied Innovation, I knew I would get the chance to tackle various challenges, but I would not have predicted that this experience would pave the way for future ASU pivots from bricks to clicks. 

As is customary for closing out projects, I invite you to check out the final report with key process insights and suggestions and explore the resources and templates that helped make our first-ever virtual conference a success.

2020 ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference final report

Virtual conference planning resources and templates

As ASU continues to monitor COVID-19, the university has transitioned from in-person teaching and learning to remote options. In this challenging time, however, the collective innovation of ASU faculty and staff has demonstrated remarkable adaptability. As a method of celebrating the good during uncertain developments, the University Technology Office is gathering success stories of “remote resilience” from the ASU community. The situation globally and across the country is changing daily, but we also plan to share these stories to keep pace.

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