Having recently test-driven Wimba Classroom with the University of Otago, I have started looking more generally into applications for synchronous web conferencing (hence the unwieldy portmanteau “webinar”).
A cursory surf suggests there’s a swiftly swelling bubble of webinar wares, ranging from free open-source to expensive business variants. And proliferating almost as swiftly are online reviews and critiques of these (helped along in a modest way by this entry of course). The Open Source Advocate identifies three OS options (although OS doesn’t also necessarily mean “free”). Athabasca U has tested dozens, possibly hundreds of online teaching technologies, over thirty of which are webinar wares (see header B at the link).
To add my own two cents’ worth, Wimba delivered a qualified success: my presentation transmitted well, but reciprocity — fielding feedback from delegates on-site at Otago — was unreliable and intermittent (despite hardline connections at both ends). Come to think of it all went well until I had to switch computers; maybe it was a local software issue? Ayway, my session included two other remote contributors, both of whom used Skype, which seems to be holdings its own as a webinar solution.
But with such a crowd of competitors, it seems that one (or even just a handful) will have to emerge eventually as a gold standard. (And I hope it’s free … or at least reasonably priced.)
About AcademicalismIt's the scholarly blog of Mark A. McCutcheon, Associate Professor of Literary Studies at Athabasca U.
E-mail: academicalism[at]gmail[dot]com This blog is Creative Commons 2.5 (Canada) licensable.
Header: Detail of Autumn Wind (2014) by Danielle Gardner.
- @culturelibre @copibec @universitelaval @ScienceBienComm @crdp_udem Thank you, @culturelibre, for your arguments an… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 2 days ago
- .@culturelibre: why authors should opt out of Copibec class action against @universitelaval: culturelibre.ca/s/6208 #FairDealing #cdnpse 2 days ago
- @AthabascaU Thanks! The full text of the talk I gave yesterday is here: wp.me/poR4A-PZ #ABpse #cdnpse #Humanities 4 days ago
- Follow Academicalism on WordPress.com
Top postsGame Of Thrones isn't escapist, it's about the new feudalism
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and research as a public good
The copyfight, science fiction, and social media
On the error-riddled writing of The Hunger Games
Zombies and the political economy of precarity
Canadian IP Office gets its own quiz wrong