These graduate students may come from the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, Turkey, and the throughout the U.S., but distance in geography doesn’t mean they can’t collaborate to put together an e-conference. It’s all part of their work for a conference and exhibition management course at George Washington University.

The e-conference, to be held August 29 at 2 p.m. EST, is aptly entitled "Virtual Meetings and Tradeshows: Improving Business Productivity." Led by Meetings Group tech columnist Corbin Ball, CEO and owner of Corbin Ball Associates, the Web conference is designed to show attendees first-hand how technology can bring a global community together to learn about today’s cutting-edge issues. Accerra, a business communications company in Santa Rosa, Calif., is partnering with GWU to host the virtual conference, which has a $25 per-person fee.

The distance-learning graduate students already have learned much about the topic through their enrollment in the GWU course. Under the auspices of Assistant Professor Tyra Hilliard, J.D., CMP, at GWU’s Washington, D.C., campus, the course uses a committee model of conference planning to work cooperatively on planning and production of the Web conference.

For more information or to register for the e-conference, visit GWU or call Gemma Nicholson at (419) 535-6587.