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“How to run successful webinars?” on the 2010 Global Education Conference

Katerina Zourou and Fred Dervin, University of Turku – Finland, presented a “meta-webinar” at the 2010 Global Education Conference (for more details, please see below)

How to run successful webinars? Lessons learnt and challenges for learning and collaboration at a global level

TIME: GMT Tue 16 Nov 2010 01:00PM

Recording of the session available here: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/recording/playback/link/table/dropin?sid=gec2010&suid=D.477B3D8147B0C53A9B6FF75068BC5A

The 2010 Global Education Conference is being held November 15 – 19, 2010, online and free. Sessions will take place in multiple time zones and multiple languages over the five days.


Although the number of webinars (i.e. events streamed live over the Internet) is rapidly growing, the orchestration of such events in terms of communication, modes of delivery, opportunities for interaction and follow-up is in its infancy. Moreover, gathering a worldwide audience challenges our understanding of how to address a large number of multicultural participants. The presentation is based on findings from two public webinars, hosted by the University of Turku (Finland) and the University of Luxembourg in 2010. An examination of the events will allow us to identify 5 success factors and a set of quality indicators. Shortcomings in running webinars will also be discussed based on our experience. The presentation ends with some reflections on the nature of interaction in live online events, namely the chat function as a means of learning and group cohesion among online participants, and as a catalyst for interaction between the group and the panelists.

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