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Short for web based seminar, a webinar is a presentation, lecture workshop or seminar, that’s transmitted over the web. A key feature of the webinar is its interactive elements. The ability to give receives and discuss information. Contrast with webcast in which the data transmission is one way and does not allow interaction between the presenter and the audience.
These online seminars use online software to make them actual live interactive learning experiences. Participants will be able to ask the instructor questions and get answers in real time. The instructor will be able to conduct polls and ask questions. Participants will receive course materials by email prior to the seminar and will be able to view the instructors PowerPoint slides during the seminar. These type of online courses have a much higher impact than simply reading material in the web.
Webinars offers exceptional convenience and all very cost effective. They are ideal for down bag lunch training. No travel is required and site registration fee allows upto 12 participants to attend at each site. All participants can also earn one Professional development hour per seminar. This series of webinars is designed for engineer’s scientist, university faculties, graduate students, manufacturers and consultants.
Other typical features of a web conference include :
Slide presentations (often created through PowerPoint)
Live video (via webcam or digital video camera)
VoIP (Real time audio communication through the computer via use of headphones and speakers)
Recording (for viewing at a later time by anyone using a unique web address)
Whiteboard with annotation (allowing the presenter and/or attendees to highlight or mark items on the slide presentation. Or, simply make notes on a blank whiteboard.)
Text chat (for live question and answer sessions)
Polls and surveys (allows the presenter to conduct questions with multiple choice answers directed to the audience)
Screen sharing/desktop sharing/application sharing (where participants can view anything the presenter currently has shown on their screen. Some screen sharing applications allow for remote desktop control, allowing participants to manipulate the presenters screen, although this is not widely used.)