Friday, December 25, 2020

2020 #VWEDU LIBR: Flipped webinar for educators. A distributed conference. Short presentations, followed by focused discussions. With plans for outreach.

Flipped webinar for educators.
A distributed conference.   
Short  presentations, followed by focused discussions.
With plans for outreach.
Overview of draft plans for a flipped webinar.
You can't find the front 
of the room

Flipping the webinar

  • The plan is based on audience participation.
  • Starts with "What do you want to know about?"
  • Uses online tools to get questions from the audience.
  • Uses online tools to present those questions to contributors.
  • Uses online tools to show presentations offered by contributors.
  • Meeting organizers select presentations for their meetings.
  • Presentations run about 10 minutes, followed by a discussion period.
  • Presentations and discussions may be live-streamed and saved as videos.
  • These may also be converted to text and published as a blog.
  • With some editing and referee work, the products might be published as proceedings of a distributed conference.


  • Efficient sharing of knowledge among online educators.
  • Broadens the networking In the online professional learning community (PLC).
  • Outreach from educators in virtual worlds to other online educators.
  • Aggregated activity gets better visibility than individual activity.


The elements

  • Distributed conference: Meetings organized like a conference, but distributed in time and space.
  • Organizers: People who organize meetings..
  • Flipped webinar coalition (FWC): Meeting organizers collaborating on content.
  • Contributors: People who agree to prepare presentations in answer to questions
  • Videographers: People who will capture video, edit it, and post it on YouTube.
  • VWPLC:  Professional learning community of virtual worlds.
  • QA spreadsheet: Spreadsheet to manage questions and presentations.
  • Outreach: Participants promote meetings on social media, citing livestreamed link.

Action items

  • Draft QA spreadsheet
  • Identify organizers.
  • Identify collaborating groups
  • Identify contributors.
  • Plan for outreach 



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