I'm interested in any comments people may have on the conference, good and bad, as we plan Missoula in '08.
Some quick comments on the 2007 conference after I've had a week or so to digest things and settle back into my normal routine:
1. Location. It has nothing to do with the conference program, but I am hoping that future conferences will take place in a property/location that is a bit more pedestrian friendly. The interior of the property itself was fine (though a bit confusing at first), but as soon as I went outside, I felt like I was "playing in traffic." It's probably just the tree-hugger in me, but that location was probably one of the most car-oriented properties I have ever been to related to attending conference activities.
2. Program. I have to say that I LOVED Ginny's Pecha Kucha sessions that she organized after the banquet. I was a bit nervous about presenting, since its tough to try and stick to a rigid 20 seconds per slide (you know me...I'm a wind-bag, LOL). I really hope that becomes an annual tradition at the conference though, as I thought the diversity of topics was very interesting and done well by all the presenters.
3. In keeping with my comments above (#2), I am wondering if it might be interesting to try more sessions at future conferences, with less time for each session. I know a problem might be getting enough presenters to fill all those slots! However, it would really help attendees to "customize" the conference to their own particular interests. I attended a conference in New York (HighEdWebDev2007) immediately following NACIS, and they had 13 sets of 30 and 60-minute sessions in 5 tracks (65 workshops in total). That was FABULOUS...as they had so much variety on the docket that nobody could possibly complain about subject matter.
Just a few thoughts about the conference. Hope that feedback helps!