I'm experimenting with public office hours.
The idea is to be online for an hour a week (or so) at teleconferencing site with a public URL. Anyone who's free and interested can drop in to chat about open access.
I'll start with Zoom. But I don't want to require passwords or risk Zoombombing.
- I'm starting with Zoom settings to reduce these risks. I'll tweak the settings over time based on my experience. If I can't sufficiently reduce the risks of Zoombombing, then either I'll drop the experiment or move to a different platform where it might be safer.
- I'll probably use a different Zoom session URL for each meeting. But I'm still thinking about that.
I'd like to make this convenient for people in different time zones. But there's no getting around the fact that I'm in the Eastern Time zone (with New York and Boston).
If you have ideas on how to make this experiment work, or if you'd like to set up a meeting, please let me know.