15 January 2009

Tech Note: Innovate-Live Webcasts

Innovate ("journal of online education") is published by Nova Southeastern U with partial support by Microsoft. Innovate-Live is the companion web conference space (that includes archives). Supported by ULiveandLearn, the companion space brings the Innovate authors "live" to extend the reach of their articles through conversation with readers.

The Q&A between live speaker and audience members is especially valuable for the archival aspects of the web site. Even a small audience (or perhaps ideally a small audience) provides contrasting voices that prevent the author event from being merely a canned presentation. A good example is the June/July 2008 webcast called The Interactive Syllabus: Modifications and New Insights. Just a few attendees of that web conference contributed to the 23-minute event, posing questions and stimulating new ideas. Webcasts using AdobeConnect, or breeze, make presentations user-friendly and well suited to the archiving task.

The third leg of the Innovate empire is Innovate-Ideagora, a social network operating on ning. Relatively small at 324 members, Innovate-Ideagora nevertheless contains passionate discussions about technology in education. Reach the space through the more traditional web sites (the above links) of Innovate.

© 2009 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Email contact: bold[AT]marybold.com. The content of this blog or related web sites created by Mary Bold (www.marybold.com, www.boldproductions.com, College Intern Blog) is not under any circumstances to be regarded as legal or professional advice. Bold is the co-author of Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. She is a consultant and speaker on assessment, distance learning, and technology.

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