Inspiring Educators

Emerged Technologies for Educators : From Seminars to Webinars March 18, 2011

Filed under: EDCI 8848 — eduspiration @ 3:31 am

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From Seminars to Webinars

Teachers and administrators are consistently involved in professional development and training.  However, cost for attending seminar and conferences has always been a challenge for many schools. Additionally, students have to take long trips to speak to professionals or vice versa to encourage contextual learning.  With the use of communicating and collaborating technologies, professional can attend web based seminar, webinars, which have all the characteristics of a seminar, except presenters and attendees are separated by time and space.  Some Webinar providers are:

Webinars can be of benefit to society in that there is less consumption of energy. Since there is no needed for travel to attend.  Many underprivileged can participate in a webinar.  With a webinar, participants can participate in the comfort of their own home.  Additional benefits of a webinar are: it can be interactive and accessed for further reference, since most presenters save and archive the presentation. Educators can create and moderate their own and invite others to join or accept an invitation to join one.  Teachers can schedule interviews with experts from remote location; it is cost effective since there are no travel and hotel fees involved.

 In spite of its usefulness, there are some challenges; functionality is dependent on the vendors. Sometimes there are software restrictions that the users are unaware of.   Consequently, there may be problems during the seminar. Since many of the challenges are associate with production and software restriction, this technology can be improved by educators working along with vendors to help to effectively design the program to meet the needs of educators


3 Responses to “Emerged Technologies for Educators : From Seminars to Webinars”

  1. Bob Streff Says:

    Good topic. If you need any help with this, I was an administrator for MS Live Meeting, Adobe Connect Pro, and WebEx for a university. We also tested Elluminate.
    Bob Streff

    • eduspiration Says:


      Thank you very much. I am not using this for my project, but it is something we can set up for a test using MS Live Meeting or Webex. I think they both have trial versions. I am thinking of using this for my class next semester.


  2. Sandy Wenzel Says:

    Your reasoning is very sound. I think this is very worthwhile examining for professional development. It should make training easier for staff and uch less expensive for everyone involved.

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