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.



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

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?