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E-learning Webinars

E-learning professional development is listed on the National Professional Development Calendar - registration is open to anyone. Sessions are conducted via webinar, to enable busy people to access relevant training in a short time frame. It also means that regional people and those not able to travel for training or leave their workplace, are not disadvantaged.

What is a webinar?

The word 'webinar' is short for web seminar - it is a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar which happens on the internet, instead of in a room. Participants click on a link which takes them to an online 'room' where they can listen to a speaker, see a Powerpoint, ask questions (via text or audio), watch on-screen demonstrations, see others using video, participate in polls etc. Sometimes the word web conference is used instead.

What equipment do I need?

All you will need is a computer, an internet connection and possibly audio equipment such as a simple headset. If you have a private space then the audio coming from your computer's speakers may be fine, however the disruption may not be appreciated in a busy office. Also, the quality of sound from a headset microphone is often better. A webcam is not necessary for the PD webinars.

What do I need to know?

Clicking on the link provided by the webinar organisers will take you directly to an online webinar room. There are many webinar platforms, however here are some resources for those participating in a Blackboard Collaborate webinar:

Troubleshooting

If you have any issues with getting in to a Blackboard Collaborate webinar, you may find it useful to refer to the Troubleshooting Guide. The most common issue is being blocked by organisational firewalls. You may be able to access recordings (which don't require the same level of open connectivity as a live session) however ultimately you will need to discuss the issue with your IT support staff. Or join in from outside the firewall.

Looking for a specific topic?

Many past sessions were recorded, and the links posted on the Past Webinars page. Check through the list to see if your preferred topic is available.

Want your own webinar platform?

There are many options when it comes to web conferencing/virtual classrooms, and some open source/free ones include Big Blue Button and Vyew. Blackboard Collaborate is not free however you can get a limited (3 users only) free room (called a Vroom) from the We Collaborate site.ScreenHunter_09 Aug. 28 10.04.jpg
If you were looking for a classroom-sized webinar room (25 users), and have a small budget, you could try WizIQ A single, stand-alone room is less than that posted on the US website if you go through eLearn Australia( Australian distributors). If you were needing more rooms, they can also offer a package of 3 rooms x 25 users, with integration into Moodle. Contact chris.sutton@elearnaustralia.com.au for more information.



Some additional links which might be useful are Comparison of web conferencing software and Web Conferencing Tools: Right for You?

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