Daniel Staemmler: My dream: Design a webinar on how to design an engaging webinar
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13 January 2013
Most of our online education happens by using webinars which are held at a certain time live. The lecturer/ professor sits in front of his computer with the webcam on and presents his PPT-slides while the students are watching. Our students are professionals working during daytime and taking part after work in the lectures. For now we are using Adobe Connect as a virtual classroom platform. Most of the lecturers are busy with their regular day to day jobs and don't have much time to think about the difference of presenting in an online environment to a regular f2f classroom setting. Most live sessions last 90 minutes and the PPt slides are being posted on our internal student website. There also is a task posted for the students to recap the live-session and think about what they learned.
The change I would like to see:
I would like the webinars, which are pretty long with 90 minutes length to be more engaging and interactive for the students. Hereby needs to be taken into consideration that the students can only chat with the lecturer and maybe use other functions of the virtual classroom software. the challenge is that the students don't have the option for now to use audio and/ or video to converse with each other nor with the lecturer.
I also would like to see that lecturers are being briefed accordingly and take the time to consider the options the software offers and others to keep the students engaged.
How I might tackle this to bring the change:
Develop a curriculum for lecturers/ techers/ professors that shows them what has to be taken into consideration delivering a presentation as a webinar. Also familiarizing them with the options available that the software has they are using. More so, to keep the outcome of this proposed project generic, giving them some pointers on how to keep students engaged and incorporate them during a 90 minute presentation.
I hope that some of you are interested in working together with on this project. To state your interest please leave a comment below.