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A short overview of how ICPSR will conduct its 2009 OR Meeting virtually October 5-9, 2009 using webinar technology.

A short overview of how ICPSR will conduct its 2009 OR Meeting virtually October 5-9, 2009 using webinar technology.


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  • 1. An Orientation to the 2009 ICPSR Official Representatives “Virtual Meeting” Linda Detterman Summer, 2009
  • 2. What do you mean by a “virtual meeting”? • Due to economic challenges facing our members, ICPSR won’t be hosting a “physical” OR Meeting in Ann Arbor in 2009. • Instead, ICPSR will broadcast our typical sessions through webinar technology. • In addition, you as attendees will have opportunities to network and communicate with each other using bulletin boards (powered by blogging software) and other social media outlets.
  • 3. How will the webinar sessions work? • ICPSR will broadcast its sessions using GoToWebinar technology. • Attendees watch the sessions and ask questions from their own computers. ICPSR HQ GoToWebinar Server Session Attendees
  • 4. What is GoToWebinar? • GoToWebinar (GTW) is one of several companies who offer webinar technology. • We chose GTW because: – It does not require attendees to download any software to their computers to participate. – It allows for up to 1,000 attendees per session. – It easily records the session for posting shortly after the session ends. (In fact, you’re watching a recorded GTW file right now!)
  • 5. GoToWebinar Attendee Interface 1. Viewer Window 2. Control Panel
  • 6. Networking & Communications Discussion Boards • Found on the Discussions & Networking page • Post your questions/comments – no account set-up required • Several boards with specific/directed topics Social Media • Follow ICPSR on Facebook & Twitter • Several updates posted as the meeting progresses • Post your comments here also
  • 7. Other Virtual Meeting Components • Be one of the first 200 to “register” for the meeting and receive a headset for your computer and updated promotional materials for your institution – see the Registration page. • A live Help Desk attended by ICPSR staff will be available during the live broadcast periods. • The meeting is FREE and open to the public! – We encourage all ORs/DRs to attend – We encourage you to share the session information with your campus communities – We encourage non-members who are considering membership to take this opportunity to “experience” ICPSR
  • 8. “See” you in October! ICPSR 2009 OR Meeting: Real Data in a Virtual World! 2009 OR Meeting URL: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/ICPSR/