It's this time of the year again, when you should be expecting a call for proposals for next year's Mahara Hui. Instead, we would like to propose a different idea.
During the organization of the first two hui, we've heard from some potential participants that it is not possible for them to get approval for travel. To increase access to the knowledge of other Mahara users, we were thinking of having smaller regional events next year and a bigger national one in 2017 and alternate the regional with the national events.
We could envisage the following regions:
- The Waikato
- and potentially some Australian locations ;-)
The regional events could run from 10 a.m. to about 4 p.m. (or shorter) to allow people who do have a bit of a drive to arrive in the morning and leave on the same day. They would also be less time intensive to organize and could be run like a Mahara User Group with an informal call for presentation / workshop / discussion topics. We have had a very successful first Mahara User Group meeting last year at AUT University (shorter than the above mentioned 6 hours) that could serve as inspiration for other such meetings.
Since it would still be useful to come together in a larger group every so often, a bigger Mahara Hui could be organized every other year.
What do you think?