ERIC Number: ED433013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
So, You Want To Host an Online Conference....
Boak, Cathy; Blackburn, Jean
This guide is intended for individuals and organizations interested in hosting online conferences. For the purposes of this guide, a host is the administrator or manager of a conferencing system and of the conferences held on that system. Eight sections cover the following important processes for hosting online conferences: (1) determining objectives; (2) assessing the computer system, including the host system and user systems; (3) selecting conferencing software, including sources of information, features to consider, and end-user features; (4) establishing conference site features and design, including conference registration and security, welcome messages, presenting important information/instructions, and resources; (5) planning conferences, including a literature review, formulating a preliminary plan, contracting moderators, partnering, guest presenters, and planning a conference series; (6) promoting conferences, including identifying and targeting the audience, channels of communication, content of promotional materials, timing of promotion, and response; (7) managing administration and support issues, including establishing the roles of the administrator and moderator, deleting/editing/moving messages, summaries, supporting the moderator, and supporting participants; and (8) determining post-conference considerations, including conference evaluation, feedback, useful statistics, qualitative analysis, and archiving conference proceedings. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software Selection, Computer System Design, Conferences, Design Preferences, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Objectives, Online Systems, Program Administration, Program Development, Teleconferencing, World Wide Web
Web site: http://olt-bta.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Development Canada, Hull (Quebec). Office of Learning Technologies.
Note: For related documents, see IR 019 819820.