You might be asking yourself, what do you mean by conference call session types? That's not an official term, but what I think about in the ways we do virtual conference calls: everyone is together; everyone can hear everyone; everyone can speak to everyone. You might think of platforms like Zoom, Webex, or even Skype with their grid formats. With things like this, social techniques that are great include:
Because of these tensions, I've really aprpeciated platforms that allow for you to spatially mix and mingle. In particular, I've enjoyed Spatial Chat which is built on the idea of still providing video interactions, but you are able to move yourself spatially on a screen. In doing so, you can move closer to someone to hear them better, which then creates the similar type of movement in a room when you want to have a conversation off to the side; you can literally move yourselves do to just that. Similar to this platform and style is Gather, where you are able to move in much of the same ways but you'll be creating avatars that you are moving with your keyboard, versus with Spatial Chat where you are dragging yourself with your mouse.
Both of these have paid options as well as free options.
In terms of utilizing them, I've used Spatial Chat to teach class through the free version, where I modified the background so that people could move around for discussion. I've also seen Spatial Chat used for parties and more freeform networking. Add in the comments if there are other tech or things you've used to help foster socializing~
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