Session Chair, Moderator, and Discussant Responsibilities

Virtual Sessions

All paper presentation sessions and panels will be in live ‘webinar’ format which means that only the chair and designated presenters will be able to be seen, heard, and share their screens.   Attendees may type in their questions through the Q & A option.

The virtual Conference has the capacity to record sessions and make them available to Congress delegates for on-demand viewing until June 30.  The Canadian Sociological Association has decided to only record sessions upon request of the session organizers and with the express consent of presenters.

The information previously communicated regarding the option to pre-record and submit presentations to Congress is not available to our Conference delegates.    Presentations will be done live during the session.

You do however have the option of pre-recording your presentation and playing the video from your own computer during the session.  Instructions for playing videos on Zoom

Our sincere apologies for the confusion and inconvenience this may cause.


Chairs

  • Applicable to Regular and Roundtable sessions only
  • If not the session organizer, the chair should review the presentations and author information in advance of the Conference
  • The chair should ensure that the discussant (if applicable) has been able to review all presentations and will limit comments to a total of 10 – 15 minutes within the session
    • Roundtable sessions do not include a discussant
  • The chair opens the session, introduces each presenter, and moderates audience participation
    • Audience participation should take place at the end of the session
  • The chair must ensure that equal time is allotted to presenters
  • The chair will complete the online report form as requested by the association to inform on the number of attendees and any changes from the programme (author no-show, change in order of presentation, etc)
  • As a Canadian Sociological Association Conference participant, the chair must comply with the association membership requirement and congress delegate policies
  • Chairs are encouraged to review the blog ‘Modest proposal for conference participants

Moderators

  • Panel moderators have the responsibilities of a chair in terms of introductions and time keeping as well as maintaining order in the discussion between panelists and the audience
  • He or she may also lead the panel discussion and pose questions to the panelists
  • The moderator will complete the online report form as requested by the association to inform on the number of attendees and any changes from the programme (panelist no-show, etc)
  • As a Canadian Sociological Association Conference participant, the moderator must comply with the association membership requirement and congress delegate policies
  • Moderators are encouraged to review the blog ‘Modest proposal for conference participants

Discussant

  • The discussant must communicate with the session organizer or chair to obtain copies of the presentations in advance of the Conference
  • The total time allotted to the discussant is limited to 10-15 minutes
  • As a Canadian Sociological Association Conference participant, the discussant must comply with the association membership requirement and congress delegate policies
  • Discussants are encouraged to review the blog ‘Modest proposal for conference participants

 

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