The role of the discussant is to critique the paper under
consideration. Papers should be discussed courteously and tactfully,
but nevertheless pointedly. The idea is to provide constructive
criticism that will allow the author of the paper to rethink important
points, and possibly improve the paper. Discussions should neither be
glorifications nor vilifications. Furthermore, discussions should not
simply summarize the paper and rehash the author's presentation, but
offer an alternative perspective on the issues under
considerations. Discussants should also refrain from turning the
alotted time into a presentation of the discussant's own research;
discusions should stay close to the paper under consideration.
The rooms will have facilities for computer-assisted presentations,
using PowerPoint or PDF. To make this run smoothly, should you choose
to use it for your discussion, it is imperative that you:
A number of computer-literate
students will patrol the conference areas to act as first line
support. Nonetheless, presenters and discussants who are new to the
technology are asked to test run their presentations.
the file of your discussion to the session chair at least one week
before the conference, so that s/he has the option of loading all of
the files for the session ahead of time onto his/her memory
- Present yourself in the conference room at least 10 minutes
before the start time;
- Bring your discussion on a memory key
(preferable to a CD), in addition to having sent it to the session
- Consider bringing overheads as a backup, in case of a
breakdown of the technology.
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