The Outdoor Webinar

Recently Harald Russegger and me tried a new webinar format: being outdoors just with notebook computers (batteries fully loaded 😉 and a mobile 4G connection. We wanted to demonstrate different types of drones and how to utilise them for education and creativity. We even made it possible to broadcast live footage from the flying drone camera (fast forward to minute 34) during our interactive webinar session. We are looking forward to experimenting with further scenarios where leaving the office desk for a webinar makes sense.

P.S.: This webinar was in German and part of  a media literacy initiative for parents funded by the Austrian Ministry of Families and Youth.

P.P.S.: An English remake is due come by the end of the summer.



Open Webinar: “Virtual Mobility and Internationalisation of Higher Education”

Open Webinar: “Virtual Mobility and Internationalisation of Higher Education”
Monday, May 29, 2017, 09:00-10:00

Expert: Alastair Creelman, E-learning specialist at Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden
Moderation: David Röthler,


Mobility of students and internationalisation is an issue Universities have been supporting for a long time. Especially the Erasmus Programme of the European Union had a significant impact on student mobility. With the rise of eLearning and especially MOOCs the term mobility changes its notion: virtual mobility allows co-operation between several universities by sharing courses, virtual seminar series, virtual placement as well as virtual support activities for physical mobility. Virtual mobility involves as well focus on intercultural exchange.

Alastair will present and discuss the challenges and experience so far concerning virtual mobility in higher education. He is involved in the following projects:

This open webinar is part of a course at Salzburg University about communication in MOOCs. Students participate at international MOOCs and reflect communication and learning processes.

Everybody interested is welcome to join the live online session!

Recording of the session:

Update June 27, 2017

Until today about 160 people have watched (at least partly) the recording of the live stream on Facebook. The recording on Youtube has been visited around 30 times. More than 25 participants took part actively at the live session.

Live Streaming Webinars to Facebook and Persicope

There is a great opportunity for everybody intending to reach a large audience with webinars: live streaming to Facebook and/or Periscope.

Start the live stream to any Facebook page or profile just before the start of the webinar and ask your participants to share the the stream/Facebook post at their pages or profile. Do not forget to include the URL of the meeting room and a short description how to access it. Thus you can generate attention on the fly and attract more participants.

What you need is streaming software like OBS Broadcaster which is Open Source.
Instructions for Facebook can be found here.

Live streaming to Periscope is rather new. You have to request access to Periscope Producer.

Recording: Collaborative and interactive learning in webinars – our tips and tricks

About 60 participants took part in today’s webinar.

The Effective webinars project is nearing its end and we would like to take this opportunity to present our partners who we have worked with us during this period.

In this webinar our partner organisations who have developed webinars for different purposes over the last two years described how they have used webinars. They reflected on the lessons they have learned in terms of method, pedagogy and technology.

If you prefer the original recording, please click on this link.

Short Documentation of “Extending the Webinar”-Webinar

On March 7 the webinar about webinar extensions took place. More than 75 people in total from many European countries took part live.

Recording with clickable links

Some links:

How to show your Smartphone during a Webinar

The online world is getting more and more mobile. But how can you integrate your mobile device into a webinar? Showing your smartphone display to the webcam is somehow clumsy. Best is to use mirroring software like Reflector or Mirroring360

How does it work?

Your computer and your smartphone need to share one wireless connection. For iOS devices you need to activate Airplay (for mirroring your Android device you should use Mirroring360.) Then your smartphone screen appears on your computer. After that you have to start (computer) screen sharing on e.g. Adobe Connect and your smartphone device can be seen by all webinar participants.

A nice idea is not only to show your smartphone screen. By opening your mobile device camera you can show virtually everything around you. Thus the smartphone screen serves as a second flexible camera.

Furthermore Reflector lets you screencast your iOS device screen and you can publish to e.g. Youtube.
Both applications offer 7 days free trial. If you decide to purchase they are around € 12 each.

Visibility in Webinars – Some Thoughts

To be seen in a webinar contributes significantly to the personal atmosphere of this format. Whereas voice and the quality of the microphone is the most important part of communication one should consider the following points:

Although the quality of the camera itself is not crucial – more important is how to use the camera – I want to share some hardware recommendations. The built-in camera of notebook computers is usually sufficient. Still you will notice in many instances a quality difference if you use a good external camera.

The best webcam I have ever come across is probably the Logitech C920 (ca. € 100). It has superb image quality and a wide angle of view. A nice feature is the tripod mount. As the camera position of notebook computers is usually too low you should consider using a tripod in order to put the camera at the same level as your eyes. As an alternative one can consider the Microsoft LifeCam (less than € 100). A more professional option is the Logitech PTZ CC 3000e. PTZ stands for “pan, tilt, zoom”. This camera comes with a remote control. The option to pan, tilt and zoom is specifically interesting if you have 5-10 people sitting around a table.

If you prefer a good and low-priced solution around € 20 have a look at the Trust SpotLight Webcam.

Please, consider as well the following aspects besides your hardware:

  • Avoid backlight as your face will be too dark,
  • Try to put the camera at the same height as your eyes,
  • You can mix daylight and artificial light. This will give the picture a warm and colorful atmosphere.
  • Do not underestimate the impression you will leave through your webcam. How much of your room do you really want to present?