Our third event saw Dr John Orr describe how he and his colleague, Dr Saverio Spadea, used a web conferencing tool called Adobe Connect to deliver a successful, blended workshop – with 20 participants on campus and another 50 online.
Their workshop included:
- 4 presentations, 2 presenters on campus, 1 in the USA and 1 in Canada
- A lab demonstration via webcam in 6E lab
- Online Q&A using the web chat tool
- Face-to-face Q&A using a mic
A number of tips were identified for anyone delivering this kind of online event:
- Time your event to take account of different time zones where possible
- Set defaults to mute/no video for participants
- Use a USB web cam which can be moved around easily
- Keep to strict timescales for remote presenters – avoids having to interrupt them to get them to stop
- Use a sign-up form to judge how many people may watch online – you may need to ask for extra seats for your virtual room
- Have a contingency in place in case one of the remote presenters hits a technical snag
Adobe Connect is software which allows groups of people to meet virtually using video, text chat or audio. It lets people collaborate through the use of shared presentations, shared files or shared desktops.
It also provides opportunities for interaction via a series of simple tools, such as hands-up and polling. It gets used for a variety of purposes when the participants can’t all meet in person.
Example uses are:
- Online events such as workshops, conferences or meetings
- Broadcasting presentations or lectures to students
- Online tutorials with students
- Group work – online collaboration between students
- Revision or exam preparation sessions for students
- Student presentations for formative or summative assessment
- Guest speaker presentations
- Online demonstrations via desktop or video
Thanks to Marie Salter from the e-learning team who presented an overview of Adobe Connect and the process for setting up and accessing a ‘virtual room’. If you’re interesting in finding out more you can contact email@example.com for details on getting set up.
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