What do we (I) think ...?
I agree that these sessions have covered a lot in a very short time. But then, it's a conference - and conferences (at least good ones) often do present more than one person can take in.
For me, it wouldn't work to spread the sessions out over weeks - I wouldn't be able to 'attend the conference'. While the time has been pressured, I was able to clear many of this weekend's normal demands by explaining that "I'm attending an online conference Friday through Sunday".
I like your suggestion about posting a few sample screenshots in the content library. I, too, have had some problems getting videos to load. [Things may be even slower inside the Great Firewall.]
I, too, was confused by the registration process. Where I expected to find a "Join" button, I found a "Launch Class" button instead. Only later, I realised that somehow the system had already "joined me" into all of them - even the ones between midnight and 4am here in HK. [This may help to explain why courses which show potential attendees in the hundreds actually may have only 10% or so of those 'registered' actually attending.]
Personally, I would not want initial sessions which exceed one hour. [One of my maxims in teaching is "The mind can only absorb what the 'seat' can endure".] However, there's a lot of scope - especially in online conferences such as this one - for creating forums some time after a presentation so as to allow individuals (who have gone away to experiment) to then "return to the class with comments and questions after trying out the activities." Great idea.
One benefit of an online conference such as this is that I have the opportunity to listen later to sessions I might have missed because they overlapped with others I attended, or because they were scheduled at inconvenient times (for me in HK). I can also go back and relisten to any portions I particularly enjoyed and which I want to investigate in a little more detail.
Thanks for beginning this discussion Marcus. We're all 'learning as we go' - which is what this whole venture is about.