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How To Host Engaging Webinars


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The COVID-19 crisis means that Extension professionals are using webinars even more frequently to extend knowledge and information. Creating engaging online learning experiences for our clientele and peers is critical to our success in this new virtual environment. While this webinar will focus on using the Zoom meeting platform, most of the content is applicable to other virtual meeting tools. In this virtual event, we’ll be discussing how to:

  • Plan a webinar by answering a few key questions about audience and objectives;
  • Anticipate and troubleshoot technology issues (including security);
  • Optimize video conference features to meet your learning objectives;
  • Structure a meaningful online experience that meets participants needs;
  • Use a range of tools and strategies to keep participants engaged (polls, surveys, chat, etc.);
  • Utilize more advanced video conferencing features (e.g., rooms, settings);
  • Use Zoom recordings on other platforms (YouTube, Facebook Live, Google Drive);
  • Archive chat to create educational content for other platforms; and
  • Refocus webinars as Learning Circles for more focused and engaged small group work.

In partnership with Delaware State University Cooperative Extension, eXtension Foundation staff will be guiding this discussion:

  • Molly Immendorf, Lead Design Manager, eXtension Foundation
  • Rose Hayden-Smith, Digital Engagement Specialist, eXtension Foundation
  • Aaron Weibe, Communication & Engagement Manager, eXtension Foundation
  • Jason Challandes, Regional SARE Educator, Delaware State University

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