Web Conferencing Survey results

The LTUG March 2007 survey has closed – the full results are available at the LearnTel survey blog.
In the meantime, here are some highlights:
76% of respondents have tried web conferencing – that’s quite a dramatic shift I believe from just 12 months ago, where I was constantly coming across people who had not participated or even heard of web conferencing.

65.5% of respondents use web conferencing in the education or training programs with 33% of these using it once a week.- which is great – think of all the extra people who are can now have access to learning opportunities (provided they have internet access, of course).

Macromedia Breeze was the most commonly used tool by 38.9% of respondents. Followed by Elluminate, Webex, Microsoft Live Meeting and Skype.

Here’s a snippet from the comments:
What people liked MOST about web conferencing…

  • the visual component adds to an otherwise bland phone conference
  • multiple participation
  • interactivity, communication and web cams
  • sharing desktops, applications, performing demonstrations, using presentations
  • covers distance easily and can be recorded

Tips for teaching with web conferencing…

  • prepare activties so that the attendees are not just passively listening
  • encourage social interaction
  • test the equipment prior to the event
  • preparation
  • avoid death by Powerpoint
    [ABB: all wise tips that apply to any type learning event!]

Why don’t you use web conferencing…

  • still breaking down traditional thinking
  • no access to the tools
  • our programs are asynchronous – timing is tricky
  • video conferencing has greater potential and better imaging/audio capabilities
  • web conferencing is another form of traditional practice as opposed to student centred learning

Quite a range of responses there… if you want the full results click here.

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