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Organising virtual conferences : lessons and guidelines

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Abstract: Design guidelines for virtual conferencing were gleaned from the literature in other areas like distance learning and were tested in a virtual conference held in late 1999. Only text -based media were used in the virtual conference “Learn to Build a Brighter Future”. It appeared that the lack of time was the main reason for not posting messages. Even though the time that participants are willing to spend depends for a great deal on their commitment, still, further research should be done into designing of a virtual conference environment in a way that it takes less time for participants. Another important finding was that the main task for the moderator is to structure and manage the conference, rather than create a sense of community. “The more flexibility is offered, the more structure is required.” Further research should be done in how to structure a virtual conference optimally.
Authors: Wieman, A.
Series Title: Research Report
Category: General
Serial number: 2
Keywords: information and communication technologies , communication
Language: eng
Organization: IICD - International Institute for Communication and Development
PAGE: 68
Place: The Hague
Publisher: IICD
Year: 2001
Region: Africa South of Sahara , Caribbean , Latin America
Right: © 2001 IICD
Subject: Information, Knowledge and Communication
Title: Organising virtual conferences : lessons and guidelines