For the exclusive few in the pre-conference activity and reading week, Lisa Vincent of Netskills is giving a guided tour of “Elluminate” moderator functions.
I’m selling it short with such a cumbersome description. I’ve had the good fortune to have benefitted from one of these sessions, and can vouch for the great value of being shown how things work by Lisa.
Pre-registration is essential, and there is a maximum of six per session. There are two sessions:
- Thursday, 18th, 14:00 – 15:00
- Friday, 19th, 14:00 – 15:00
JISC have been using Elluminate to support projects like the recent OER call, and one of the great benefits is the way the session is recorded, retaining all the interactive elements, links etc, rather than just being a video file. Elluminate has been bought by Blackboard/Wimba so it should become more integrated for those who use those services, and will likely maintain its hefty price tag. Elluminate is not the only online conferencing tool available, so for those who prefer a more open approach it may be worth looking at some of the alternatives, like big blue button, which has a fairly active open source development community behind it.
The various types and capabilities of these tools was recently reviewed by Stephanie Warren at New College Swindon as part of a Becta TEN project.
Helen Walmsley has taken this and created a wiki around the data so it can be maintained, as functions change quite often: http://staffordshireuniversity.pbworks.com/w/page/Best-Practice-Model-for-Online-Events
The Conference runs from the 23rd – 26th November 2010, BUT the pre-conference activity and reading week opens on 16th November 2010 and offers a chance to become familiar with the conference environment and try out innovative JISC projects in the ‘have-a-go’ area.
See you there!
Book online – early registration advisable for full participation in the pre-conference week