Webinar workshop in Brussels and online, 13 May

LINQ_2015_logo_smallWe are running a workshop called Webinars for effective collaboration at the conference LINQ 2015 in Brussels, 13 May at 11.30-13.00 CET. We will have group discussions via Adobe Connect both on site and online and all the results will be gathered on a common workspace using the collaborative tool, Padlet. To join us please go to http://connect.sunet.se/oer about 5-10 minutes before the start of the session.

You are warmly welcome to participate online if you are not able to attend in Brussels but please register via our Facebook group so we get an idea of how many participants will attend. Key questions for the webinar will be:

  • Opening up education with webinars
  • How to enhance participation at web conferences
  • Key quality factors for an effective collaboration in a webinar with many participants

Here is the abstract we wrote for the conference workshop.

Webinars are frequently used for synchronous online meetings with up to several hundred participants, using popular platforms such as Adobe Connect, Webex and Blackboard Collaborate. All too often the tendency is that with more participants the level of interaction decreases and many webinars become simply one-way communication in the same way as the traditional academic lecture in a large lecture hall. However, gathering a large number of interested parties in one online meeting is an excellent opportunity to discuss, exchange experience and build networks.

The facilitators in this workshop have been working in different projects developing methods and tools for making webinars more participatory and extending the discussion beyond the set times of the actual webinar.

Participation can be enhanced in a number of ways both by using built-in tools such as polls, chat, breakout groups and common whiteboard and by integrating other tools and working spaces in parallel with the webinar platform (Padlet, TitanPad, Google Drive, Facebook etc). In addition effective webinars depend on careful planning, clear objectives and ground rules as well as a webinar “choreography”, moving between pre-set layouts and making it clear what type of interaction is expected in each phase of the webinar (Zieliński, K et al 2013). Participants can be active both before the webinar by brainstorming suggestions for discussion and after the webinar by providing an arena for continued discussion and networking.

This workshop aims to be a practical example of how to integrate a classroom workshop with online participation as well as providing examples of how to extend the discussion and interaction beyond the boundaries of the webinar. We intend to investigate the quality criteria for effective webinar practice and pose the question: how can we create a synchronous and inclusive arena for creative collaboration? It will build on existing best practice studies (Badia & Colosimo 2013, Mohorovicic et al 2011, Slåtto 2011) as well as being part of our present project Webinar for interactive and collaborative learning. The session will be run on Adobe Connect and will include both onsite and online participants.

This workshop addresses the conference theme of opening up education and exploring new methods for open collaboration.

References

Badia, G. and Colosimo, A. (2013) Best Practices for Engaging Users in a Web Conferencing Environment, ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings 2013

Mohorovicic, S.; Lasic-Lazic, J.; Strcic, V.(2011) Webinars in higher education, MIPRO, 2011 Proceedings of the 34th International Convention, May 2011

Slåtto, T (2011) Hvordan arrangere et webinar? Norsk forbund for fjernundervisning og fleksibel utdanning

Zieliński, K et al (2013). Webinar Methodology ver. 2. “Webinar 2 Learn – video conference use for adult learning” project, Leonardo da Vinci – Lifelong Learning Programme.

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