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MODERATING LIVE SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS.
If using a guest presenter, meet with them before the session to:
o Clarify nature and type of presentation
o Check audio
o Check content (slides? movies? application sharing? web tour? etc)
o Ensure level of technical comfort
If you are presenting do the above with yourself! Enter the room some time before your session and roadtest your content and use of tools like application sharing, whiteboard, etc
Prepare any quizzes in advance
On the day:
enter the room early and allow for social interaction
Have some activity ready for earlybirds
If you’re late starting, inform people why and how long till start time
keep intros short
perhaps show video of you and other presenters for a few minutes (then turn it off)
have the modus operandi about questions/comments clear. eg during or after the session? in text or voice?
Announce role of any co-presenter (eg who is monitoring text chat?; addressing technical issues?)
if the session is being recorded, let participants know this.
monitor the text chat closely
keep an eye out for lurkers and invite them to speak/text chat when appropriate
encourage the use of a white board if you have one
encourage the use of the text chat
when you are about to do something that changes the view for participants (like application sharing, or web tour), let participants know in advance
make notes as you go so you have some questions up your sleeve if participants don't have any; these questions can also be prepared before the session and be ready for copying from Word or Notepad into text chat or on to whiteboard
copy questions/comments from text chat to Word or Notepad for easy copying/reference later
Finish on time
If going over time, ask participants if it’s OK, and let people know it’s OK if they need to leave at the scheduled finish time
for their participation
Announce details of any follow-up discussion and how to access recording (if session is recorded)
If you are facilitating keep your input brief if possible – only fill in the gaps if everyone else is silent. Your job is to get to others contributing
if you are presenting, don't speak for more than 5-8 minutes at a stretch; allow time for interactvity and participant input
be (and sound) enthused
allow people the option of contributing in text or voice
consider having a printed copy of the presentation at your side, or have the presentation open in another screen (typically in ppt, but often in a wiki or other webpage)
If you are the sole presenter do not address technical issues once the session is underway
No matter what, stay calm (at least on the surface!)
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