Thanks to a new online system, participants in the 2011 General Assembly can reserve a seat in their choice of the many learning opportunities. The change addresses a long-standing challenge for Assembly planners.
"Up to now, it has been something of a guessing game on which learning sessions would attract the most people. In some years, we’ve had folks lined up to get into one Resource Group, while next door, they were swimming in extra space," said Patricia Case, program and marketing director of the Assembly. "Through reservations, we can anticipate and accommodate seating needs for each Resource Group and Learning Track."
Those with reservations will be seated until about 10 minutes before the session starts. Those without reservations will be allowed to be seated, as space permits, about 5 minutes before the session starts.
Participants should register for the Assembly, then review the Learning Opportunity options at http://bit.ly/ga11learning. Once preferences are selected, they can reserve a seat via the link on the Learning Opportunities web page in the session of their choice: either one of the three longer Learning Tracks, or their choices from among the 50 one- to 2.5-hour-long 50 Resource Groups.