I found the discussion around effective and not very effective webinars in class very helpful. Prior to last week, I had not used a webinar. The one that I watched had potential, but was really uninteresting to watch. In addition, there was a lot to think about before we try our own one. How do you have a high level of interaction and engagement without having being distracting or take away from the topic? Also, is there a threshold for how many of these tools that participants want in a webinar? I am approaching this webinar as a way for me to learn the answers to the questions. I am not trying to create the perfect session on the first try because if there is one thing that I am taking away from all the readings and course as a whole it is that we are constantly learning and tweaking what works. And that is what will lead to successful teaching experiences.
I was glad that we were able to go over Elluminate/Blackboard Collaborate together as a class. I seems like it may be easy, but then surprise you with the complex additions. If getting a trial account was any indication, it can be a tricky process. I am surprised that Elluminate does not support animated slides. I am not sure if this is standard for all webinar platforms, but it seems that this type of function could be very useful in creating a more interactive webinar.
My biggest concern is the time delay. The only foreseeable way that I can prepare for this is to practice beforehand so that we have some idea of how long this will take (on average). Practice, Practice, Practice.