Today I had a successful trial run of Elluminate with Mavis Schorn in Nashville, in preparation for our web conference on International Midwives' Day with our midwifery students.
International Time Zones
The very first thing that dawned on us was that we had our time zones wrong! Thank goodness we got that sorted out, or we would have been stuck even before we had started. When working with people in different time zones, it is useful to use time converter tools like 'The World Clock'
Elluminate and headsets
The second major lesson I realized was that it can take a little time to configure headsets with Elluminate. I have to say that I have never had any problems, but Mavis and her team took a little while to get audio working and the same happened with my colleagues a few days ago. I am afraid I have no idea why that should be, or how to sort it. But if you are having problems, it is something to keep in mind. Suffice to say, I am really glad we had managed to sort this out before the official session next week.
Other than that everything seemed to go very well and we're really looking forward to our online get-together. We're confident that the technology will work, but I will put the slide presentation on Flickr just in case things do not go to plan.