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Your Guide to Engagement in an Online Session

Reminders at the Virtual Podium

  1. Speak up and be heard.
  2. Introduce yourself.
  3. Take questions as you go.
  4. Keep the topic hot.
  5. Keep it conversational.
  6. Keep the time.
  7. Continue the conversation.
     

Most of these seven podium tips apply to you, too! There are a few other things to consider when presenting online.

Audio Tips: As a remote presenter, you'll need to consider the impact of your surroundings on the participants' ability to hear you clearly. Deliver your session in a quiet space as background noises are distracting. If calling in via a conference call line, avoid using a speakerphone and use a landline to ensure clearest audio quality.

During your presentation, attendees may not that they are having difficulty with the audio. An EDUCAUSE staff member will be in the room to address any ongoing problems or concerns. They will refer participants to the conference call line if audio problems arise.

Participant Polling: Continually monitor the audience by using polls to query participants about demographics, thoughts, opinions, or understanding. At the start of your presentation, test their knowledge of your topic and adjust your content accordingly. EDUCAUSE uses Adobe Connect. Polling results will appear in real time. Take advantage of the opportunity to add your own commentary or to use participants' comments to guide your presentation narrative.

Backchannel Communication: Your virtual learning environment will include a chat window for attendees to interact with one another. Encourage participants to share links, resources, and their own expertise and to respond to open-ended questions in the chat space. From time to time, respond to comments by name to demonstrate that you are actively following their dialogue.

Participant Collaboration: If you have participant list, you might set up a collaborative space in Google Docs to collect discussion questions up front. Encourage participants to share their knowledge there. Seed discussion questions yourself, if necessary. Make it easy for attendees to continue the dialogue after your session through social media or third-party discussion tools.Reference these resources and provide links in the Adobe Connect chat space as your session draws to a close.