Vol. 1, Issue 3 (2014)
Webinar: The recent techno pedagogic development in the teacher education
Author(s): R. Jayakumar
Abstract: Webinars demonstrate an awareness of 21st century education have the potential to reach more people in more places help you incorporate social media and technology into your advocacy work. The word webinar is being used today to refer to all kinds of online training and virtual presentations. More and more literacy organizations are adding a component of e-learning to their programs. It's the modern way to learn. Webinars are relatively easy to put on. Some of the language is a bit different from face-to-face environments, so it's helpful to know that instructors, facilitators and teachers are mostly referred to as "presenters" in the webinar environment. Learners and clients are generally called "participants". Both presenters and participants need some technology and computer literacy in order to take part in a webinar. Current teachers and facilitators may require some training before moving into an e-learning environment. Your participants may benefit from an orientation prior to the content to familiarize them with how webinars work. Assuming that both parties have the technology literacy to move forward, here are some ideas on how we can make the most of webinar technology in the institutions. A web-based seminar (webinar) is a conference that is hosted in near real-time over the Internet. Webinars allow groups in remote geographic locations to listen and participate in the same conference regardless of the geographic distance between them. Webinars also have interactive elements such as two-way audio (VoIP) and video that allows the presenters and participants to discuss the information as it is presented. Some common uses for webinars include meetings, remote training and workshops. Webinars can also be recorded for later viewing or distribution, but this removes the interactive elements for later viewers. In this sense, a recorded webinar becomes a webcast - a presentation that includes one-way audio and video without any interaction between speakers and listeners.