Saturday, October 27, 2007
Online Midwifery Meetings
Here are two opportunities to attend online midwifery meetings using Elluminate, which is an online conference program. I will be your host along with Carolyn McIntosh.
New Zealand Midwifery
The first meeting is on Wednesday 21st November at 10am New Zealand time (London Tuesday 20th 9pm UCT/GMT). Check here to see the time where you live - Time zone
This meeting is open to anyone who is interested to learn about midwifery and the maternity services in New Zealand. The format will be a 10 minute presentation followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion.
Postgraduate Midwifery Research
This meeting is being held on Thursday 29th November at 10pm New Zealand time (London Thursday 29th 9am UCT/GMT). Check here to see the time where you live - Time Zone.
This meeting is open to anyone interested in midwifery research, especially postgraduate midwifery research students and their supervisors. Format for this meeting will be announced. This is an opportunity for researchers, especially postgraduate midwifery students to network and share information about their research. This particularly aimed at midwives who are studying/researching in an isolated context.
Tools that you require:
Headphones if in room with other users
Microphone, if you wish to speak. Otherwise, you can communicate with instant text "chat"
Web browser such as Firefox, Internet Explorer or Netscape.
Click on the URLs above and follow instructions. It is strongly suggested that you get ready a few days ahead of the meeting to make sure your computer hardware, network and firewall policies allows the software download and operation. Firewall and administrative access privileges are the two main reasons new users have problems. This is often problematic if you are using an institution computer. Before you can access the meeting, you will need to download software called 'Java Webstart'.
At the time of the meeting, I would recommend that you log on at least 10-15 minutes early so you become familiar with things like use of the microphone and set your volume and mic controls.
You do not need a user name or password
The meetings are free.
Elluminate provides the information you require about using the software which should answer all your questions. However, please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions about the meetings or how to log onto the Elluminate site. I am also often available on Skype. You can find me using my user name:
sarah.m.stewart or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
These meetings will be recorded and made available on this blog after the meetings.
I hope midwives will take this opportunity for international networking and exchange of information. I look forward to meeting you all.
Here are some more Q&A