Webinars for crowd-sourcing

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Guest post by Francisca Frenks | The Netherlands | www.xwebonar.nl  | www.Dyhme.com | francisca@xwebinar.nl
Since 2008 she has offered training for webinars, virtual classrooms, online & synchronous collaborative sessions. Her focus is on the human factor while working with technology. 

It was 2012. I trained some people for a remarkable webinar. An insurance company wanted to ask the opinion of their agents about a new insurance product during a webinar. Continue reading

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.

Webinar toolkit

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And so we have come to the end of our official project period. It has been a fascinating journey investigating new methods and testing new devices together with our partner organisations, with the common aim of making webinars more engaging and interactive. Even if the project is over we plan to keep this site active as well as our Facebook group Effective Webinars.

If you look at the top menu of this site you will see that we have now added lots of guides, methods and tips about effective webinars under the heading Toolkit for effective and interactive webinars. Here you will find plenty information that will help you to plan and run more effective webinars, including our guide to developing participant engagement, Webigagement. The toolkit is still being developed, maybe we could say that it is a never-ending task.

Please give us feedback on this guide and we welcome new ideas and tips that we can include as the guide develops.

The challenge of hybrid webinars

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Not taken at our workshop but a familiar problem. Photo: CC BY Some rights reserved by Preetamrai

 

For some strange masochistic reason I keep offering to run hybrid webinar workshops at conferences around Europe, with variable levels of success. When it works it gives participants the chance to experience a combined on-site and online learning environment where online members can fully participate in what is essentially a classroom activity. The format we usually offer is to combine short input sessions with discussion and group work, the results of which are posted on a common workspace like Padlet. Continue reading

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.

Webinar in a MOOC

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We helped Karolinska Institute arrange a webinar as part of their MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), Introduction to Urology which ran Sept – Nov 2015. Here are Maria Kvarnström’s reflections on the experience.

A long time has now passed the webinar on Karolinska Institute’s MOOC Introduction to urology took place. However better late than never (!) and here are some of our thoughts on the webinar we offered as part of the MOOC.

We think that the webinar went really well in terms of interesting discussions and creating an inclusive atmosphere for the participants who seem to appreciate getting the opportunity to meet the course instructor in person for a live event – an extra dimension to a MOOC! We prepared very thoroughly with special attention on dealing with large numbers of participants. We decided to put a limit of 300 simultaneous participants and close the webinar room when that level was reached. This was we were not sure about how the performance of the room would be affected with so many participants. We had also worked out methods for saving valuable bandwidth with a mass audience: low quality video, only one video stream in operation, if necessary freezing the video, reducing presentation file size etc.  Continue reading

Collaborative and interactive learning in webinars – our tips and tricks

harry_bildWebinar 2 June 2016. 1400-1500 CEST

Register for the webinar.

All registered participants will be sent the link to the webinar meeting room 1-2 days before the 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 you will meet representatives of our partner organisations who have developed webinars for different purposes over the last two years. They will describe how they have used webinars and reflect on the lessons they have learned in terms of method, pedagogy and technology.

You will meet:

  • Webinars in teaching: Webigagement.
    Sophie Løhr and Lotte Nørregaard, Niels Brock Business College, will present how to keep webinar attendees engaged during a webinar.
  • Webinars for customer contacts
    Julia Utbult, Swedish Confederation of Employers, will describe how webinars have opened up new opportunities to meet member companies and inform them about
    employers’ insurance issues.
  • Webinars in a MOOC
    Maria Kvarnström, Karolinska Institute Stockholm, will describe how they ran a webinar as part of a MOOC on urology with over 5000 students.
  • 3 webinars – 3 course modules
    Astrid Høgmo, Studiesenteret.no, will share some of the lessons learnt from their webinar course pilot, The Golden Years
  • Webinar for internal information and training in international companies
    Eimskip, the largest shipping company in Iceland: Hróbjartur Árnason and Eimskip representative recount how an international company with offices around the country and around the world can use webinars to train employees and roll out new methods.
  • Webinar for internationalisation
    David Röthler will present lessons learnt from International web meetings and how to extend a webinar with additional gadgets

The webinar is organised in cooperation with the Nordic Council’s NVL Distans network.