Some people have been inoculated against the real benefits of short, structured interactive Zoom meetings by the overuse socially of Zoom during the lockdowns and the underuse of some of the features useful in knowledge sharing.
ELF20 was our first experience of hosting on the above platform. We explored different ways of humanising the Zoom experience by using pre-session Zoom tips and video clips to ease people into the Zoom experience if they were newbies.
We also made good use of the Zoom small group breakout rooms and there was very positive feedback on the quality of the small group conversations, the relationships formed and in some cases the ongoing interactions of participants who had met and conversed in breakout groups.
Virtual v In-Person Meetings
“…. you have done such a fabulous job)… … I was really impressed with the functionality and the way you managed to put us into breakout spaces and the seamless integration of speakers and their Powerpoint presentations”. Gabrielle Carroll, NZ Police-Virtual ELF20 participant
In-person close contact live meetings may be the ultimate for meetings and conferences, but whether during the socially distancing constraints of Covid lockdowns or just to overcome the physical barriers and costs of travel and accommodation, the interactive Zoom Meeting platform has many compensating advantages.
*Share knowledge safely in the still uncertain Covid environment
*ELF21 comes to registrants devices via the free Zoom Meetings app
*Lower registration fees and no travel, accommodation or reliever costs
*Register several colleagues and build momentum for new initiatives
*Spaced, digestible series of 4X 90 minute weekly sessions
*Zoom breakout rooms enable small group conversations and networking
*Post-session digital resources, eg videos and Slideshares reinforce key messages
Knowledge and Resource Sharing
ELF has always placed an emphasis on providing useful digital resources for ELF participants to share with their colleagues in their own learning communities. The built-in video recording options of Zoom Meetings simplifies this. The screen sharing options allow a range of other resources to be sampled.
Above all Zoom takes ELF to where registrants are, via an easy to use, freely available interface. Online spaced live short sessions, with videos of presentations available thereafter for those who missed them or for reinforcement or sharing with other colleagues, make sessions and replicable resources more accessible and cost and time economical.
Many online education events have recently been run in the same time spans as previous in-person events. This makes no sense educationally when there are widely used alternatives to replace a feast followed by a famine approach with a digestible spaced diet of food for thought and action.