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Development And Delivery Of An Interactive Web Based Seminar

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Web Systems and Web Services

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7.401.1 - 7.401.12



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Jason White

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Hardy Pottinger

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Daryl Beetner

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Vicki Eller

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Session 2158

Development and Delivery of an Interactive Web-Based Seminar

Vicki M. Eller, D. Beetner, J. White, and H. Pottinger University of Missouri-Rolla


As technology improves our ability to exchange information, the goals of information exchange become more complex. Traditional means of transferring information, such as a conference or a journal article, may not be sufficient under some conditions. An audience may be spread over the globe, the information may not present well in a written format, more time may be needed than is allowed at a conference, there may be requirements to archive data so it can be viewed at a later date. These problems can be solved using the internet as an information transfer medium. A web seminar with live streaming audio satisfies these goals and can be implemented with minimal cost and effort.

In the past year, we developed and delivered a web-based seminar from the University of Missouri-Rolla to help disseminate material we created as part of an NSF-CCLI grant. As few ready-made, affordable options existed for delivering a web seminar at that time, we explored several methods of developing and delivering the seminar ourselves.

Goals and Requirements

We began developing our seminar by setting several general requirements for the seminar. The seminar must be delivered in real time, it must reach a wide audience, it must be archivable, and it must be delivered with tools that allow questions to be asked and answered in real-time. Requirements for real time transmission included audio and visual components. Reaching a wide audience involved several factors. To include participants in many time zones, the seminar time must be chosen to make sure most people could log on at a reasonable (local) time. The hardware and software necessary to receive the seminar must be easily available to as many people as possible. The seminar should be able to be viewed on different operating systems, using relatively slow connection and processor speeds, and the required software should be available virtually for free to all potential participants. The seminar should also be able to be archived, so that those who could not participate could download the information at a later date. The archive should include the question/answer forum as well as the audio and visual components, so that users could view the seminar almost as though they were participating in the actual event.

Based on these requirements, a detailed set of goals was developed as depicted in Table 1. These goals were assigned a high, medium or low priority. Most of these goals are relatively self-explanatory. With respect to real-time audio, however, our goal was only to supply real- time audio from the speaker to the audience, not from the audience to the speaker or between “Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2002, American Society for Engineering Education”

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White, J., & Pottinger, H., & Beetner, D., & Eller, V. (2002, June), Development And Delivery Of An Interactive Web Based Seminar Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10790

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