Open Thread Thursday – Virtual Presentations Revisited

As a Genea-Blogger, I try to participate in the various challenges or topic of the day. But, this one caught my eye.

THE Genea-Blogger himself, Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers fame posted this thread of the day here:

This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

Here are some questions involving virtual presentations in the context of genealogy education:

* Have you ever attended a virtual presentation before – genealogy or some other topic?

Actually I have a number of times. A number of them have been held in “Second Life”, with a group of genealogists. I also gave a presentation at a Second Life APG Chapter meeting. It was easy to watch and participate in the presentations, but something else to give one, especially in “front of” the folks that hang out in Second Life.

* What method was used? Webex? Skype? Go To Meeting? Second Life?

As a fall out of some discussions in Second Life (SL)and a couple real meeting presentations, I developed a presentation called “Find-A-Grave – A Research Tool” for a local Family History Interest Group that meets monthly in a (for me ‘not so’) local library. Well, how to give that presentation in a Virtual environment like Second Life was a real challenge. Keep in mind that my “talking” was really “typing” (actually copy and pasting) but the slides could be done in SL. I didn’t know how to do that, but I thought about and used “Flickr” as the way to show the slides. Paste Text, Paste Links. My CTRL, C, and V keys were worn out.

The Flickr piece of the presentation is here:

* Were you satisfied with the quality of the presentation?

Most of the Virtual Presentation have been great. The only thing to note about this is IF the presentation is spoken, with slides, and there are Questions “from the floor”, the presenter should repeat the question, or summary there of, before giving the answer.

* What features do you think are required for a virtual presentation? Video? Teleconferencing?

Having participated in a number of Webinar’s of late, that technology has been very helpful. Just posted some feedback from a webinar yesterday, on newspapers. Thomas McEntee’s presentation on google was wonderful. The difference between the two is that the Newspaper screens were Powerpoint while the Google presentation was Screen Sharing of a Browser. BOTH were appropriate for the presentation.

I have also participated it a 3 person presentation of Program Screen sharing, where a similar task was done by three different people, using three different Genealogy programs. That was very educational as well.

So, that answer to the question, I think, really depends on the purpose of the presentation.

* Were there any technical problems?

The only technical problems were when an internet connection was slow or was dropped. The good thing about webinars, is that many of them are recorded and made available.

But, that becomes an advantage, so that if you miss one, you can go back to see it again, or at a time more appropriate for the viewer.

* As a genealogy speaker, have you ever presented virtually or considered the possibility?

Don’t consider myself a genealogy speaker, but I have presented virtually.

* Would you charge a lower speakers fee to present a session at a conference to a room full of attendees or to a genealogical society meeting?

* If you were to use a program like Webex, would you charge attendees to connect from their home to the presentation?

* As an attendee, what would you be willing to pay for a one-hour workshop on a genealogy topic if you could connect on your computer from the comfort of your home?

That is certainly possible. I have considered several online genealogy workshops / classes.

* If a workshop were offered on how to present virtually, would you be interested?

Yes.

Post your responses in the comments or at a post on your own genealogy blog and place the link here in the comments.

Have posted a link on the blog.

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