I am extremely thrilled that Mavis has agreed to join with me and run a combined Elluminate seminar for our senior midwifery students to celebrate International Day of the Midwife on May 5th.
My personal aims for the meeting
- Encourage my students to consider the international context of midwifery
- Increase my skills of facilitating online meetings
- Introduce my students to Elluminate and web 2.0, which hopefully will lead to ongoing online meetings
- Explore opportunities for collaborative research and teaching
This is a bit of an experiment as neither of us have done anything like this before, so we plan to keep things low key. What I thought we would do is to give a short joint presentation about midwifery in our respective countries and then open things up for questions and discussions.
The meeting is going to be have about 40 people and we're going to have the students in computer labs. So at least we'll have technicians on hand to sort out problems that our students have.
My main concern is that the technology lets us down although generally I have found Elluminate to be very reliable. I have spoken to the Nashville technical team via Skype and they are going to download the software onto the computers the students are going to use this week. And we'll have a practice run this week as well. So hopefully we'll be as prepared as we can be.
I just have to have a back-up plan in case everything does turn to custard. Any suggestions for what Plan B could be?
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