Tips for Web Conferencing Tools
4) Attend the 30-minute “Sound Check” if you or one of your co-presenters has not presented online previously or if you just feel you would benefit from the extra prep - LOEX will set-up a number of opportunities for you and your co-presenters (if any) to enter a webinar room and run basic functionality checks (e.g., check your sound, screen sharing, and polling abilities) with a LOEX host during the 1-2 weeks prior to LOEX Fall Focus 2023. Make sure to sign-up for a time and come with questions regarding your presentation’s needs.
5) Understand Zoom Webinar features- Zoom Webinar shares many similarities with Zoom Meeting, but a feature comparison shows some differences. For example, attendees are in listen only mode and the only means that they have to communicate with you through Zoom is through the chat, responding to polls or tools such as Mentimeter. This means that the LOEX host, you, and your fellow presenters are the only individuals who will be able to use features such as screen sharing and annotation. Additionally, remember there are no breakout rooms.
6) If sharing slides with multiple presenters, choose one person to host the screen sharea) Don’t worry— each presenter will still be able to control the slides through Zoom’s remote control feature (if you choose to do so), but it’s best if only one person is sharing a slide deck.
b) On a similar note, if you’re planning to use screen sharing during your presentation, best practice is to keep the open tabs and applications on your computer to a minimum, as this will streamline the sharing menu.
7) Do not get distracted by the chat box- Either have your co-presenter, or (if you are presenting solo) the LOEX host be responsible for monitoring the chat box. A presenter can seem distracted/unfocused if you spend time trying to keep your eye on the chat box instead of presenting the material