Delivering High Quality Webinars

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When I help people first learn WebEx, it’s hard for me not to overload them with all the great things you can do in a webinar. Most people learn the tool quickly and after hosting a few sessions, they are pretty proficient. But having a high quality webinar is more than just knowing how to use the software.

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Karen and Kari, MN eLearning Summit 2016
Kari Robideau, Extension Educator in Youth Development and I have presented a number of workshops called “Sharpen Your Webinar Teaching Skills” where we focus on the research related to teaching and engaging participants in distance learning environments and we demonstrate/share techniques for distance learning. Between Kari’s experience teaching with webinar technologies and my experience supporting and teaching Extension employees how to use the tools, it has been a great collaboration.

Our workshop introduces participants to a webinar evaluation rubric for Extension. This is an evaluation tool that will assess the effectiveness and quality of extension staff teaching online. It can be used as a reflective practice tool for the teacher and/or as a peer review by a colleague.

The Rubric

The rubric includes 7 key webinar components and each component has 3-5 indicators. Examples are provided with each indicator. The 7 components are not a checklist that need to be completed in any order. As with any rubric, you know that if you have high marks in these areas, you will have a high quality presentation.
  • Technology: Tools, Distractions, Supplemental Materials
  • Content: Presenter Information, Goals, On Task
  • Organization: Direction, Online Accuracy, Information Chunking, Structure
  • Delivery: Variety, Reflection, Transitions
  • Visual Aids: Purpose, Readability, Scaffolding Information, Visual Relevance, Visual Variety
  • Participant Interaction: Active Learning Approaches, Expectation of Participants, Questions
  • Evaluation: Evaluation Provided

Example of the Technology component scoresheet:



Kari and I are very interested in feedback about anyone who uses the rubric to score and evaluate your webinars or even if you use it as a reflective practice tool or peer review by a colleague. Also, if you have suggestions for improving the tool, please let us know that as well!

2 comments:

  1. This is a great tool that I will definitely use in the future. I am a big fan of Kari's teaching around webinars, and the combination of Kari and Karen is mind-blowing! Thank you for your work in support of our teaching using this increasingly important format.

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  2. Thanks Heidi!!! As an experienced web-based teacher yourself - would really like your input on this tool, and if you see it useful as a way to demonstrate teaching excellence in a web-based environment and/or as a reflective practice tool!

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