Monday, March 14, 2005
Macromedia's recording of last Friday's online conversation is here.
This is hardly a flawless presentation. Sometimes you're going to want to pull the little slider in the time-bar to speed things up. From an earlier post on this session:
Up front, I explained that we were conducting an experiment. Today we were going to engage in conversation, not presentation. We have no script. Our agenda is updating one another and answering participant questions.
I was rebelling against the instructor-centric model that dominates most webinars. A presentation is "pre," something prepared in advance. It presumes that the presenter is going to lay it on the audience. Real learning takes place through dialog and interaction. It's a conversation. The "con" is Latin for with. It's a shared experience. That's what we were shooting for.
The hour-long dialogue was marred by a variety of glitches, among them lack of clarity about format, mis-match of audience and topic, insufficient monitoring of online questions and audience mood, social distance between presenters and participants, and jerky video quality.
Breeze performed perfectly. We brought our problems on ourselves.
Participant evaluations of quality were Excellent 5, Good 21, Aveerge 9, and Poor 3. By my standards, this is sub-par performance. I'm not giving up on the form, but I look forward to improving our execution.