Humanizing the Online Experience: May 25-June 7, 2009

Live session Tuesday

Live session Tuesday

by Sylvia Currie -
Number of replies: 4
Our next live session will be in Elluminate, Tuesday June 2 at 10:00 a.m. PDT (other time zones). This will give us an opportunity to try a different platform.

If you're new to Elluminate I recommend you visit this support centre and complete the first 2 steps. You should also join the room early. Jesai and I will be there by 9:30.

I plan to upload our videos to Elluminate. We may not view them all but they will be there if we decide to refer to them. To view the movies you'll need Quicktime. Open this page to see if you already have it installed:

http://www.elluminate.com/support/video/mov.jsp

It probably goes without saying...but for the best experience we recommend a headset with a microphone, and a webcam. But of course, as always, you're welcome to just listen in, read along, and text away!

Here's short URL to the Elluminate room -- handy if you want to send out invitations to your colleagues by email or twitter:

http://tinyurl.com/9m668l

Hope to see you all there!
In reply to Sylvia Currie

Re: Live session Tuesday: Elluminate recording

by Sylvia Currie -
As promised, here is the recording for today's session. It was fun! Thanks everyone for being so willing to experiment wildly. Special thanks to Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier for all the help with Elluminate. approve

Here's a snap of the whiteboard. Since we didn't get a snapshot of Gina when her webcam was for that quick moment I took the liberty of adding her twitter photo.

Attachment humanizing_whiteboard.png
In reply to Sylvia Currie

Re: Live session Tuesday: text transcript

by Sylvia Currie -
Hi everyone,
Here's the text transcript for today's session. I'll post the recording asap.
Sylvia

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Moderator (Jesai): Can you see and hear us?

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Ted Keating: Hi Jesai, I can hear you.

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GinaB-COTR: ok

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Ted Keating: I am still here

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: when in doubt... reboot!!

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: curious... where is everyone from, and what is your dial-up speed (the geek in me)

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: am I on your top, Sylvia?

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): I'm in Lac Le Jeune BC on DSL

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)) to Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: Yes, you're on top. I guess you need to hit transmit again to get Jesai at the top

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DeirdreB: I'm at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Oh right! I forgot my mic is on all the time LOL

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Welcome Elliot!

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Hi Emma! Great to see you here.

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Emmadw: Hi, sorry, don't have mike; have just got a new comptuer & haven't worked it out yet, but I can hear

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: I stopped transmitting, and then reconnected to get myself off the top of the video

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Bob: Hi. Bob is here.

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Emmadw: Sorry, new computer & don't have a webcam on this one.

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DeirdreB: I don't have a webcam

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Elliot 1: hi everyone. sorry no cam here

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: check marks... if you have a webcam

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Bob: Ill try.

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Bob: What do I do?

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GinaB-COTR: sorry, just got back in the room. i do have a webcam

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DeirdreB: Very neat

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Claire Davison-Williams: Hello from Claire

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DeirdreB: People without webcams add a picture to the white board

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): I'm realizing that when I move people up in the mulitiple camera window it only changes for me

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: yes

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Hi Claire! Glad you could join us.

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GinaB-COTR: watcha drinking, sylvia?

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Claire Davison-Williams: Glad to be here. BTW I am with Selkirk College - Student Access & Support and Communicty Edcuation.

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Drinking a giant mug of tea

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DeirdreB: To add a picture -non webcam click on the 7 icon on the whiteboard

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DeirdreB: 7th

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GinaB-COTR: i can try...

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GinaB-COTR: sorry, update in progress

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GinaB-COTR: get someone else while i fix it

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Claire?

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Claire Davison-Williams: Yes - Claire here

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Do you have a web cam, Claire?

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Emmadw: Claire, is that Selkirk in Scotland, or another Selkirk?

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Claire Davison-Williams: No I don't and I don't have a photo of myself on my work computer - so I will have to remain faceless

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Emmadw: Oh, I could find a photo of me!

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Bob: Is that better?

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Great, we'll watch for it to appear on the whiteboard, Emma

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Excellent. Bob the echo problem is fixed

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GinaB-COTR: sorry.... bad time for this thingy to choos e to update

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GinaB-COTR: it's still working

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Bob: Yes, I plugged directly into my speakers to fix echo.

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Claire Davison-Williams: Let me tell you - that is a true likeness of me - Claire

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): There's Emma!

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GinaB-COTR: hm, claire, you look like someone else i know

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Emmadw: Yes, but the web cam is in the drawer & I have a new computer Y& it's not connected together!

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GinaB-COTR: then we could all try cramming into a VW bug

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: lol

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Emmadw: (Unless I can get Elluminate to run on my OLPC - that has a webcam built in,b ut could be a challnege!

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Claire Davison-Williams: No it's not Clare

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): IT's Emma

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: hey... I have a virus... we can share that too... nothing more exotic than a cold, though!!!

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GinaB-COTR: yeah, not working so great tho

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Gina a l m o s t made it!

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GinaB-COTR: keeps gciving me errors

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GinaB-COTR: i get a java error message

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GinaB-COTR: damn

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GinaB-COTR: i'm naturally coarse grey

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GinaB-COTR: sorry

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Such good sports all of you

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DeirdreB: No I don't

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DeirdreB: picture on my harddrive

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GinaB-COTR: i think i would have to reboot

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: green check in the tollbar to signify a webcam

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: toolbar

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Bob: I notice you can move the pics around on Whiteboard - can you reduce size?

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: yes, Bob

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: kaaabooom!

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: The dog ate my digital homework

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Someone is doing a nice job arranging the whiteboard. Thanks!

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: That is Claire

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Bob: Great, you can just resize and move pics, wow!

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Emmadw: Yes, someone just made me nice & thin

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Working okay for everyone?

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: holding the shift key down when re-sizing will keep the proportions on images (though I like the skinny me!

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GinaB-COTR: nope

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Claire Davison-Williams: I'm not getting anything - picture or sound Claire

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: need to have Quicktime to see it

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Claire Davison-Williams: okay

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Bob: It worked for Bob

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GinaB-COTR: i have QT

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Emmadw: Yes, I could - the new computer's a mac

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: wasn't me

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Claire Davison-Williams: It was me

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Bob: I'm moving them all around and resizing.

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Emmadw: If you've not got QuickTime, one option could be to have install something like Windows Media Player & the K-lite mega pack of codecs (or VLC) = then you can have any video type.

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: and on the white board, you can only delete your own stuff

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: But Emma, it may not be supported in Elluminate...

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Ted Keating: no looking for check mark

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: top line

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Ted Keating: got it

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Emmadw: Hey, Claire; love the hair

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: sorry... I keep overstepping

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Claire Davison-Williams: It's the artist in me

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DeirdreB: QT is free

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GinaB-COTR: i have it but it didn't launch the video for some reason

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/

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GinaB-COTR: i can reboot & come back in to the meeting if you want my webcam input

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: wooohoooo

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: really slow feed... almost frame by frame

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: advise shutting down videos

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: we can drag the window around

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Emmadw: @wendy; that's one reason I like Flashmeting - if you're not transmitting, your video feed stops.

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: I am SUCH a lurker

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DeirdreB: not enough bandwidth

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Emmadw: I can't hear the video, but it's a good bit of art.

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: too slow a feed

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Claire Davison-Williams: Is it the same for others - don't have sound, just slow moving picture?

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: same here, Claire

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Emmadw: Lurker: I prefer the phrase "listener". Lurker has too many negative connotations.

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Emmadw: Yes, me too, Claire.

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Moderator (Jesai): it is interesting art... I can't hear it

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Emmadw: i think it's Nellie, isn't it?

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Emmadw: Shows the need for a transcript - it's like we're all deaf.

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DeirdreB: Didn't hear it

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Claire Davison-Williams: didn't hear it either

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Bob: No sound on video

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DeirdreB: Plus a grey screen keeps covering the screen

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Emmadw: Yes, I get that grey screen too; Sylvia, what's the URL that you have it at blipTV?

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DeirdreB: Got sound

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Claire Davison-Williams: I have sound now

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Emmadw: I can hear ! and the visuals are better.

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DeirdreB: Visuals better

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Moderator (Jesai): I have sound now

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: good syncro as well

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: webtour??

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Claire Davison-Williams: great

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: done!

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: Lurking isn't a bad word

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: observing

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Emmadw: That's why I prefer listening.

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Claire Davison-Williams: ...waiting to participate...

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Claire Davison-Williams: no that was realted to "lurking"

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Claire Davison-Williams: yes

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: silent speaking

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Nellie needs a better background

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Emmadw: A bit confusing when we have two people talking.

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Moderator (Jesai): agreed

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GinaB-COTR: it's kind of busy, isnt it?

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Moderator (Jesai): in the background?

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Emmadw: Guess if you only have a PC & not a lappie with a webcam, it's hard to find a different space.

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GinaB-COTR: true

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Claire Davison-Williams: I did my thesis on online communities. Lurking is very important. It is the pre-involvement stage for many people.

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Emmadw: Besides, I'm jealous of her ability to organise papers, not a mound in the corner...

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GinaB-COTR: i didn't know they COULD be organized

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DeirdreB: Yeh mine is piled everywhere so much for paperless

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GinaB-COTR: cool glasses

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GinaB-COTR: ... i guess...

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): @Claire would love to read your thesis. Is it online?

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: Me too, Claire

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GinaB-COTR: good tip, jesai

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Emmadw: me three!

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Emmadw: It's just asked me to login to facebook.

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: anything with a log in would pump out to viewers

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Claire Davison-Williams: I logged in to Facebook - will it be there?

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: sorry... would not

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Emmadw: it's asking me for a secret code now?

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Emmadw: I'm not: It's wanting a secret code.

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GinaB-COTR: i'm there (miraculously)

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Emmadw: Oh, yes, I can see the scope forum.

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Emmadw: What was with the Facebook secret code?

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Claire Davison-Williams: not seeing

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: we can scroll

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GinaB-COTR: i will have to leave in 5 mins, did you want me to try transmitting?

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Emmadw: Ah, just remembered, I have got FB set to "Pirate English" - it probably meant "password"

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: no

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: are you still touring???

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Claire Davison-Williams: found her

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: lost the tour

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Emmadw: Is it the one that's time at 01:19pm

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GinaB-COTR: i got it to work

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Bob: Yes

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Ted Keating: I have it

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GinaB-COTR: i was able to run it myself

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: we can run

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Claire Davison-Williams: I did it myself

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Bob: I ran miine.

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Emmadw: I can't run it myself.

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DeirdreB: click on the video

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: yes, easier solo run

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Emmadw: OH, ues, I can.

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Bob: I ran and am in second run.

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Bob: When I click on this video screen it disappears, click again and it's back???

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Gina is able to transmit now

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: good eye contact

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GinaB-COTR: i have about 3 mins before i gotta run

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Claire Davison-Williams: did a good job - clear concise

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: good pace

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: glasses... ugh... what can we do???

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Gina, go ahead and click "transmit" to see if it works

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DeirdreB: Her eyes show up well even with glasses

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): The brady bunch!

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Claire Davison-Williams: no sound

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GinaB-COTR: sorry, it confuses my computer to take sound from the headset & NOT from the webcam

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GinaB-COTR: conflict

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GinaB-COTR: & i'm so sorry but i really have to run

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: Tools, Audio, Audio setup wizard

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GinaB-COTR: bye for now folks, next time

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DeirdreB: Sorry time has run out have to go

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Claire Davison-Williams: unfortunately I need to leave - will check later for rest of class. Thanks !

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Bob: Where do we access pdf recordings of these broadcasts?

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): @Bob the link will be posted in the seminar...

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=1751

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Emmadw: have you got a "maybe"! I'm working tihngs out.

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Emmadw: Is that a maybe that bob had. the wiggly smile

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Moderator (Jesai): sylvia run your video

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Emmadw: though I have to go now - I'm getting hungry!

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Emmadw: (It's now 7.15 pm in the UK ... and I have yet to cook it!)

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: My Learning: Make sure I insist users follow the tech guidelines... I tell them Quicktime before they register, but last night's class was prime example 6 of 19 had it

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Okay Emma. Thx for coming!

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: not finished

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): My learning: There is really something to this humanizing business I

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Bob: Thanks, a great learning experience!

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Emmadw: Wendy: Some people don't like QuickTime, as it wants to be in control quite a lot - do you let them know that if they don't like it, then QT lite can be an alternative.

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Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier: in Elluminate, though??

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Emmadw: Bye

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Emmadw: Oh, just a quick question ... I'd got Sylvia's video runnking & Jesai started talking & then I couldn't stop sylvia.

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Moderator (Sylvia Currie (British Columbia)): Emma, I think there's an art to running these things so we don't have overlapping voices!


In reply to Sylvia Currie

Re: Live session Tuesday: text transcript

by Dr. Nellie Deutsch -
I am so sorry I missed the live session.


In reply to Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Re: Live session Tuesday: text transcript

by Jesai Jayhmes -
Well!

That last session was very educational. If you read the transcript of the chat it sounds positively inane.... but I keep remembering that much of it is in response to the audio which worked pretty well and the video which was an interesting experience.

For a limited time we succeeded in having 5 people on video at one time. It can handle six. I am guessing that the others haven't unpacked their webcams.

How was it???? To see your colleagues???? To interact this way????

You know it is only going to become more prevalent... this video conference and pre-made video option so we might as well start gaining the skills to do it now.

In reflecting on this seminar, we had time just to plug in the equipment and see it work... as well as play with the functionality of Adobe Conference Pro and Elluminate as well as some clever maneuvering to get videos visible with Wendy and Sylvia's help.

The next step? or steps?

well Nellie asked the question in her last video post about how I got my video to look the way it did.

Here is what I did... as per the pdf download that was posted on the forum:

1. Made sure my face was brighter than the background.
2. Made the background very simple, not distracting by hanging a coloured sheet behind me.
3. I shaved... no make-up this time..... though that is an option.
4. I recorded 6 short segments and picked the best ones.
5. I talked mostly about what you can do. If I talked about me, it was in relation to what can work for you.

Point 5: Very important, and we did not get into this very much. Just getting the technology to work took some time.

The next step is the art and skill of you as a presenter.
This is why I asked you for this week to deliver an intro for your course or service or event.

It has three parts:

1. Who am I (credentialize yourself)
2. Why I am here (talking to you)
3. What's in it for you to do what I am suggesting.

Keep it short, don't ramble, always leave them wanting more.
Paying attention to this is the difference between playing with the technology and using it to serve your ends.

and this is where we must go to really have the video capability help us in our striving to be better educators.

Remember! it is not going away! This is not a fad! Bandwidth will grow more and more and you have a unique opportunity to get a handle on it now.

I appreciate all of your input. If you are still following you are welcome to post another video.