Videoseminar today at ANU
Sorry again for late notice, but I’ll be presenting a video seminar 1pm today at ANU on intergenerational equity. For details contact Ralf Steinhauser on ph: 61 2 6125 4667.
Report: This was a bit of a bleeding edge experience, though it worked OK in the end. The big problem was presenting slides at the same time as video of me talking. ANU was expecting a hardware solution (dual video) while UQ was expecting a software solution (NetMeeting or Bridgit). Fortunately, I had sent the presentation ahead of time, so someone at the ANU end was able to run it for me. But I’ll have to develop a standard procedure for this.
I’ve attached the presentation (in PDF format)here
Some comments from the other side:
- I guess it is harder for people in that format to raise questions during the talk, (could have been the topic but doubt it) I would next time make sure in the beginning to encourage questions and tell them that they should raise their hand as you see them and/or say John and you would take that as rude but finish you thought and take the question
- Your voice was fading in and out a bit. When you said a louder word the speakers tuned down (to not have a feedback I suppose) and our ears had to adjust constantly â€“ not sure if that problem could be solved
- Again the end is a bit weird not much one can do I suppose. I guess theoretically a subgroup of people could come close to the camera and continue the Q&A. Sorry about that though.
Overall, it’s pretty clear that both the technical and the social/conventional aspects of the process need refinement.
On the tech side, while the video of me presenting appeared to be OK, the video of the audience I got, with the same bandwidth, was naturally lower-res. I guess this will improve with time.
Also, Joshua Gans has suggested that it’s silly to confine the audience to people who can get to ANU (or wherever). I’m looking into streaming video over the Internet: it appears this is possible, but not trivial.
With all the problems noted above, it took me two hours and no travel to present a seminar that would normally have taken an entire day, four taxi trips and two plane trips, at a minimum, with an overnight stay if I wanted to avoid an absolutely exhausting experience. Videoseminar is definitely the way of the future.