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Open Thread Thursday – Virtual Presentations Revisited

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This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

Here are some questions involving virtual presentations in the context of genealogy education:

  • Have you ever attended a virtual presentation before – genealogy or some other topic?
  • What method was used? Webex? Skype? Go To Meeting? Second Life?
  • Were you satisfied with the quality of the presentation?
  • What features do you think are required for a virtual presentation? Video? Teleconferencing?
  • Were there any technical problems?
  • As a genealogy speaker, have you ever presented virtually or considered the possibility?
  • Would you charge a lower speakers fee to present a session at a conference to a room full of attendees or to a genealogical society meeting?
  • If you were to use a program like Webex, would you charge attendees to connect from their home to the presentation?
  • As an attendee, what would you be willing to pay for a one-hour workshop on a genealogy topic if you could connect on your computer from the comfort of your home?
  • If a workshop were offered on how to present virtually, would you be interested?

Post your responses in the comments or at a post on your own genealogy blog and place the link here in the comments.


Well, when I proposed this topic earlier this morning, I had forgotten all about the post we did here on June 24, 2010 on virtual presentations. In fact it was our first Open Thread Thursday post here at GeneaBloggers!

To be honest, much has changed involving virtual presentations in the past seven months.  Seems like a short period of time, right? Not really – sometimes when you are dealing with the Internet and technology, time is really consolidated.  Ever hear of the term “in Internet years?” A calendar year is really equivalent to 5 Internet years – meaning that in a 365-day period, much can change. And this means as genealogists especially those who make a living from the industry must keep up with the latest trends and technologies.

To keep up on the latest virtual presentation trends and technology, don’t forget there is a free online webinar being offered by Legacy Family Tree Webinars on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 1:45pm MST (8:45pm GMT). Entitled “Virtual Presentations Roundtable,” the session will be a live broadcast from the RootsTech 2011 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah and include several experts who currently use virtual presentation technology in the genealogy industry. And don’t worry if you can’t attend – the webinar will be recorded and available on the Legacy Family Tree Webinar site.

This is a great topic for this week’s Open Thread Thursday! And please, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed among your genealogy blogging colleagues, please contact us and we’ll take it under consideration.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

5 thoughts on “Open Thread Thursday – Virtual Presentations Revisited

  1. I’ve taken a number of webinars through a few vendors, both free and paid, such as, family tree magazine, legacy family tree, etc. Overall I find that online webinars are great tools, especially for beginners or for topics that viewers are new to.

    In general, the quality of the webinars I’ve viewed has only been so-so. I’ve experienced tech issues in which my computer isn’t supported (even if I run the tests before hand), a lack of sound, and times when there are problems on the presenter’s end. Usually these issues are fixed or aren’t too bad, but they can deter me from utilizing the company again.

    It seems like most of these webinars consist of powerpoint slides. This is fine and all, but I’d love to see more interaction. I really like when polls are taken and questions are answered in real time, not just a Q&A at the end. And although I really appreciate archived webinars, I much prefer to view them live so that I get that chance to interact.

    I think it can be hard to set a price tag on these presentations. If I leave with something tangible I’m more likely to pay money. For example, I paid for a Family Tree Magazine webinar because the first 10 attendees received a bit of personalize research help. Or if it’s a paid webinar by a large company, how about a free week subscription? For a smaller presentation, perhaps some downloadable handouts. So nothing large that would take away from the company or individual making a profit, but something that I can take away with me.

  2. DearTHOMAS,
    Thank-you for prompting responses to your post. Ol’ Myrt’s replies are found in Are Virtual Presentations Now Mainstream? Genealogists that once looked down on email as a way to communicate are now learning more about webinars as a way to fine-tune their research skills. Virtual presentations are main stream in every other genre. I am glad to see genealogists embracing this technology.

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