Oct 05, 2011 11:00 AM Mountain Time (Canada) Emergent Learning and Learning Ecologies in Web 2.0 – online research seminar for Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research (CIDER) at Athabasca University – Emergent Learning in the New Learning Ecologies
We had our rehearsal for this presentation, which we are giving for Athabasca University on Wednesday of next week. The rehearsal was essential both to test out our technology and to test our ideas for what we would say and how we would say it.
The presentation will be in Adobe Connect, which I have used before, but it was still very useful to go through it all again.
A couple of the things we found need thinking about in Adobe Connect are:
1. There is a time delay of about 2 seconds after clicking on the microphone tab to speak and actually being able to speak. You have to wait for the microphone tab to light up indicating that you can now speak. You would think 2 seconds would be nothing, but I found this distracting to my flow of thought. And if you click on it twice, thinking it hasn’t worked because the lighting up is not instantaneous, then you switch it off again!
2. Only presenters can write on the white board, which means making everyone a presenter if you want this facility, which in turn creates security problems for an open session – so we won’t be doing that, which rather constrains how we wanted to work.
In terms of our own delivery, the main thing we had to think about was being sure we will remember who is speaking to the next slide and deciding between us who will change the slide.
In terms of planning for this session our main concern has been around how to maintain an appropriate balance between interaction and presentation of content. By interaction, I mean interaction between us and participants, as opposed to interaction between participants, which they can do in the chat room.
This rehearsal took an hour and a half, so hopefully the session will now run smoothly. Many thanks to Lynn Anderson – for all her help.