Workshop at EDEN 2016 in Budapest

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Our workshop submission to the major European e-learning conference EDEN 2016 in Budapest has been accepted. The title of our workshop is Effective Interactive Webinars: Methods to facilitate learning in open collaborative learning environments. Torhild Slåtto and Alastair Creelman from the project team will be on-site to lead the workshop and the other members will contribute online. The main aim of the workshop is to present the project findings and hopefully get extra input to our final toolkit.

Here is an extract from our submission. Continue reading

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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?

Lessons learned from our hybrid workshop in Graz

grazwebinarWe ran a hybrid webinar workshop (combining on-site and online participants) at the eMOOCs 2016 conference in Graz, Austria, 22 February 2016. The aim was to discuss whether closed or restricted learning spaces could actually complement and enhance open learning in for example MOOCs (see description in earlier post).

Our plan was as follows: Continue reading

Online Event on March 7: One Step Beyond – Extending the Webinar

Webinar: Monday 7 March 2016, 14.00 – 15.00 CET

Most webinar presenters use no special hardware besides a headset and webcam. This experimental webinar will provide insights into possible webinar extensions to make your webinar more engaging and possibly outstanding.

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– Studio microphones
– Daylight lamp
– Remote controlled webcams
– Audio and video mixers
– Additional software for recording and livestreaming your webinar
– Extermal software to support interactivity
– BlaBla-Cube – an interactive throwie-bot (foam cube with a mobile phone inside)
– Telepresence bots & Me-Bots (socially embodied telepresence)
– Live streaming flying drones (with analog and digital live streaming channels, hacked high-speed wifi / low latency)

Login at http://proj.adobeconnect.com/live/

Please, register at https://goo.gl/hiA4kL so that we can keep you informed…

Facilitators
David Röthler, http://WerdeDigital.at/, PROJEKTkompetenz.eu, Austria
Harald Russegger, http://bitdynamo.com/, Austria

This workshop is conducted in co-operation with the Nordplus project Webinar – for interactive and collaborative learning (see project blog https://effectivewebinars.wordpress.com/) and the Tempus BLATT project (http://www.tempusblatt.pr.ac.rs/).

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