What are the advantages of hosting a webinar rather than a live class?
There are a lot of advantages to using webinars over holding live classes including saving on travel, the ability to offer classes at any time of the day or day of the week without regard to the availability of a teaching facility, greater potential to utilize the talent of in-demand instructors that may be too busy to travel, and the ease of presenting technical information on the computer screen.
How to present the teaching materials in a webinar?
The curriculum for the class can be presented using any presentation software that uses slides. Some webinar services allow webcam access, so participants not only hear but see the presenter during the webinar. There is also the option of inserting an instructional video within the presentation. There are countless ways to present teaching materials in a webinar. As you experiment with the medium you will come up with lots of additional ideas.
How to accommodate Q & A?
Depending on the capabilities of the webinar service, students can raise their hands by clicking a button, which signals the presenter that a participant has a question. If the presenter wants to ask the participants a question, they can initiate a poll, get the results instantly and then share the results with the rest of the audience live.
Can you measure student participation during a webinar?
Some webinar services allow the presenter to identify how many of the participants are paying attention to the presentation, and how many are clicking away and opening other screens on their computer. This will help the instructor to know if they are getting full engagement from their audience, or if they have turned their attention elsewhere.
What are the limitations of the webinar format for teaching?
There are some clear limitations to the webinar format for teaching certain subject matter. For instance, the presenter can't see the faces of their students, so for topics such as language learning, where the teacher might want to see how the student is moving their mouths to produce the words, or for a really hands-on topic such as art where the teacher would want to be able to see and interact with their students. But that leaves a wide variety of topics that can be taught using webinars. So, if teaching and training are part of your business model, you might want to try hosting a webinar to teach your next course and see what kind of response you get from your students.
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