webcast/webinar

Webinar = Short for Web-based seminar, a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the Web. A key feature of a Webinar is its interactive elements — the ability to give, receive and discuss information. Contrast with Webcast, in which the data transmission is one way and does not allow interaction between the presenter and the audience. – Wikipedia

On Friday I had a web-based lecture with the Skype premium. The audience was third year and adult interior design students in Lahti Institute of design. The subject based on the same lecture which I held last week, The change of a learning environment (take a look at the previous post to read more about the subject). The students were asked to watch some video clips beforehand to make the lecture more easy to understand.

The idea was to test ordinary technology for the web-based communication. The lecture was more webcast than webinar as it had limited audience interaction. Next time I am eager to test also the different types of interaction during the lecture. The audience could respond over their own telephones, for example. There are different types of technologies on the market for successful webinars and online workshops. This mini webcast was a test for the future. In my opinion, the web-based lectures, seminars and conferences can change the way we see and learn things.

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