How to create a live online learning event
Feb 20, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Good article from the new Alt News Online describing how to host an online event. This doesn't deal with the technical aspects (like setting up Elluminate or mounting a live feed) but rather the steps a presenter should take to create an effective synchronous experience. It's a bit lightweight, but would serve well as an introductory article. Via Seb Schmoller. Total: 189
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Re: How to create a live online learning event

Yes, it's basic stuff, but worthy of note is this passage:

"Audio is likely to be the primary verbal channel, so don't confuse the participant with a second verbal channel in the form of text on the screen. The participant won't know whether to listen or read; and because they can do the latter much faster than the former, they'll probably tune out what you're saying)."

So many times there's a disconnect between what's read and what's seen. Keep as few words on the screen as possible, or keep quiet while words are displayed (at least long enough to read them).

Alternating between words in audio and words on screen can provide some much needed texture...

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