19 Tips for Effective Online Conferences

Tony Karrer

I was recently asked me about my recommendations for conducting effective online conferences (virtual conference). We’ve used Elluminate as our webinar system. Most presenters are not used to designing for online, so it’s important to help them plan their sessions to be effective. Some of the best sessions have very effective means of capturing the wisdom of the attendees. And I’m not a big fan of using multiple back channel tools that effectively split the discussion.

Weekly Bookmarks (1-2-2011)

Experiencing eLearning

Four Steps to Effective Virtual Classroom Training by Ruth Clark : Learning Solutions Magazine. Four-step model by Ruth Clark on designing for synchronous online training via Elluminate etc. The article is from 2005 and has nothing earth shattering if you’ve been doing this a while, but it’s a solid introduction to how to use the tools effectively and blend synchronous learning with other forms. 3 Web-Based Tools that Generate Awesome Tag Clouds.

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The big mistake in elearning

Making Change

Here’s a short presentation that includes: The one powerful change that will make our elearning a lot more effective. You can see Patrick’s presentation in his blog , and you can see the whole Elluminate recording, including a lively chat and lots of questions, here.

Synchronous Software Scavenger Hunts

Experiencing eLearning

Application training via a synchronous tool like WebEx, Adobe Connect, or Elluminate too often ends up with passive learners. Sometimes synchronous training is what we need to do though, so I’ve been trying to find ways to make it more effective. This technique worked effectively because I was teaching a skill focused on finding information. Last spring, I had a great discussion with Ellen Behrens on what kind of training works effectively in webinars.

First Impressions of TelePresence

Experiencing eLearning

I didn’t quite get the full effect due to our setup (more on that later), but I can see how this would actually give you a sense of “being there.&# We decided to mute, similar to what we would do with a big group in a web conferencing tool like WebEx or Elluminate. I recently participated in my first TelePresence meeting.

TCC08: Making Distance Learning Courses Accessible

Experiencing eLearning

Issue isn’t just whether students have access, but whether the communication is actually as effective as that provided to others. Elluminate has real-time captioning available (I’ve never seen anyone use this in a presentation before–very nicely done. Making Distance Learning Courses Accessible to Students with Disabilities. Presenters: Adam Tanners, Doctoral Student in Exceptionalities, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI.

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Tony Karrer

Add it to your Elluminate and WebEx profiles. In my experience, it's not as effective to spend time with them online. I'm actively engaged in all kinds of sites that can be roughly described as social networking. Through this, and because of my My LinkedIn Open Connection Approach where I basically treat LinkedIn like a really big business mixer, I have lots of opportunity to "meet" new people online.

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Learning with e's

What really rankled though with many of those present (and some of those watching via Elluminate) was his critique that academics do not question learning theories, not are they suffiently critical of them. It certainly had the desired effect.

Five tools for global educators

Learning with e's

In effect, through the use of social media and telecommunication technologies, these teachers are becoming global educators. It's asynchronous, but can still be a highly effective way of sending quality content to distributed student groups.

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Twitter and Webinars

Tony Karrer

So, both the webinar tool (Elluminate, WebEx, Adobe Connect, etc.) Advantages of the Webinar Tool No switching applications Everyone (not just twitter users) can see the chat Avoids annoying people on twitter who don't want to see a flood of chat messages Advantages of Twitter Viral effect – may draw additional people into the webinar Possibly engage with people who are not in the webinar Accessible outside the webinar tool (searchable, etc.)

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: e-Learning Guild Synchronous Learning Systems

Learning Visions

Elluminate 4.2% Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff.

Social Experience

Tony Karrer

Most importantly, it hurts the effect that Dave White is describing – the connection. Why the heck doesn't each tool – WebEx, Adobe Connect, Elluminate, etc. Interesting image from post by Dave White – Eventedness that relates to our social experience with different tools.

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Blended learning: going according to Plan

Clive on Learning

Regular live online sessions, featuring experts from Plan itself, and external speakers; all delivered using Elluminate with funding help through the LINGOS programme for NGOs. An interesting side-effect has been a much greater awareness of the potential of online tools, the impact of which extends far beyond training

In praise of webcasting

Clive on Learning

Arriving late to an auditorium already full to the brim, I was forced yesterday to watch Itiel Dror's presentation to the ALT-C 2008 conference in Leeds from a second room where a video feed was being streamed in using Elluminate. Now I've seen Itiel speak a number of times, so my attention focused more on the effectiveness of the technology that was being used to deliver his presentation.

Crossing the divide

Learning with e's

When I give a presentation live and face to face, it is qualitatively different for me and my audience to a presentation I give through Elluminate or Adobe Connect. Transliteracy can be defined as being literate across a number of platforms.

E-learning on a shoestring

Clive on Learning

Get a license to Webex, Elluminate or something similar (perhaps even a free web conferencing tool like DimDim) to provide the capability to run live online sessions. The emphasis, as ever, should be on effective learning, not on playing with technology E-learning in the workplace used to be the preserve of the large corporate or public body.

Firewalls and Security in Software as a Service

Tony Karrer

Elluminate did not work through several firewalls, so we had to switch to WebEx. The good news is that there are lots of these services in most categories, and thus, the best advice is: Test any service you are thinking of using in different locations and desktops to make sure that you are able to use the service effectively given firewall restrictions. One of the interesting outcomes of my recent course - Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0

Four Reasons you need structure for informal learning


The “ah-ha” factor came quickly from the following survey question: “What constructive changes would you suggest to make the webinar more effective next time?” I think a series of presentation/discussions would be more effective. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc.

Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools - A Summary

Tony Karrer

€ "In order for the class to be effective I would be charging up front. Firewalls and restrictive corporate environments caused us considerable grief: Yahoo Groups were restricted in some corporate environments, Elluminate did not work through several firewalls, we had to switch to WebEx and that really goofed up the start of the course; Yahoo Toolbar (for MyWeb ) couldn't be installed on locked desktops.

Top 70 eLearning Articles - Hot Topics: iPad Adobe Captivate - July 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Formal Learning All the Way…Baby - Kapp Notes , July 8, 2010 There has been a lot of talk about formal vs. informal learning in the educational blogosphere and when it comes right down to it, formal learning is the most effective. Effectiveness (112). Best of eLearning Learning.

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O Collaboration - Where Art Thou?

The Learning Circuits

I believe that for any effective learning event (events come together to form a continuous learning experience) a structure of before/during/after applies. For example during university my most effective classes were the ones that we prepared for ahead of time by reading the materials and then came to class ready to discuss. The same principles still apply online because they apply to effective learning , regardless of the delivery medium.

Top 70 eLearning Posts for June and Hot Topics including iPad and Mobile Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

Top five tips for creating effective interactions - Spicy Learning , June 14, 2010 Interactions pose a dilemma to all instructional designers. While they can be fun, visually exciting and effective, they can also require a lot of development and be difficult to create. It’s worth taking the time to get your approach to interactions right because they’re key to making e-learning effective. Where: Here in Elluminate. Best of eLearning Learning. June 2010.

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