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HI Val,
I think the Symposium was a great opportunity and quite daring for all
involved really, considering the lack of experience of all of us with
online symposiums. To be honest I was not very comfortable presenting
online. However that could be just me as I just feel very awkward
communicating this way. - but then again isn't it wonderful that there is
online face-to-face communication and that I can see all those people from
across the globe in real-time!!! wow!!
So really for me the greatest obstacle was a personal one, my uneasiness
with the medium of hangouts itself, but that's okay and I can learn to warm
to hangouts, and if I don't that's fine too because the benefits of such a
symposium make it worthwhile.  I can also learn from my mistakes and that's
great!  For starters I would definitely read my presentation next time, as
what I wished to have communicate didn't come across. I would also make
sure that I don't present from home. My little baby was moaning for me in
the background and though I knew my husband was with him it was just enough
background noise to keep me completely distracted and unable to
concentrate.

Besides this personal difficulty, as others may have pointed out it was a
bit tricky with the visuals and the fact that the interpreter would
disappear was distracting. Another difficulty I am sure from your side was
the lack of breaks! I was amazed at how you kept going!!

As for suggestions about future symposiums. What about the use of webinars?
I have no experience of these, but my husband sometimes listens to webinars
related to his career.  That would mean that the presenter could just
present and Valerie you wouldn't have to be online all the time..? And it
could also mean that a little donation could paid by those wishing to
listen, and thus help with the costs of running the symposium?

Anyway just wanted to contribute to the feedback concerning the Symposium.
Well done to all involved!
Maria








On 15 August 2014 17:56, Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> SignWriting List
> August 15, 2014
>
> Thank you, Jonathan, for these comments and I agree with them all -
>
> Steve was telling me how the Wikimania conference scheduled live streaming
> of their conference and it is quite similar to what you propose below -
> more time between performances and not so much of the problems that
> occurred with the technology -
>
> We could actually cut those sections from another version of the longer
> videos we have, but we will also keep the long original versions of the
> videos too, because I think this whole process has been fascinating - if
> you realize that we did this with zero funding, and it was broadcast from
> my home office and our family room in our home, and in Steve’s office in
> Iowa - that alone is an amazing fact that technology has come that far -
> and because the Google Hangouts software is free to use that too makes it
> much more possible to use it -
>
> But do not think, just because it was broadcast from our homes, that we
> are not a serious and important factor in the online Symposium world - I
> plan to make the SignWriting Symposium an important academic and
> educational event, as well as an entertaining event, for many years to come.
>
> So all in all I think it was great we did it and we plan to improve it my
> leaps and bounds in 2015 - and it is this kind of feedback that is
> necessary to improve it - so thank you for these comments -
>
> Val ;-)
>
>
> On Aug 15, 2014, at 4:56 AM, Jonathan Duncan <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>  Hello SignWriting List!
>
>   I really enjoyed the Symposium even though I watched afterwards.  I am
> looking forward to translations of the Portuguese and LIBRAS talks so I can
> understand them.
>
> I notice that on day three you managed to have the screen showing, and the
> interpreter at the bottom. But on day four the Hangout went back to it's
> old anticks and didn't show the interpreter.
>
> Thinking of you Val, I wanted to suggest shorter sessions.  Maybe a bit
> more non filmed time to set up between each presenter.  That way we get a
> bit more concise talk once they are ready.
> Also before the end of each talk, Steve could step in and read off the
> questions for you.  That way you won't have to worry about finding the Q&A
> section, and it would make it more interactive and more fully embrace the
> live aspect of the symposium.
>
> I think that a Symposium once a year would be great.
>
> Regards,
> Jonathan
>
> On 8/2/2014 12:24 AM, Valerie Sutton wrote:
>
> SignWriting List
> August 1st, 2014
>
> Hello SignWriting List!
>
> Just catching my breath, after an amazing experience at the SignWriting Symposium.
>
> I feel really lucky to have shared it all with you…
>
> We have already thanked each other, and we know we appreciate each other's efforts …
>
> But what are your opinions about Google Hangouts? Did you enjoy presenting that way?
>
> How would you improve the experience next time?
>
> Let’s share our ideas here on the SignWriting List…
>
> I look forward to reading about your experiences and opinions…
>
> And what can you envision for the future? How often would you like another Symposium?
>
> Val ;-)
>
>
> ————
>
>
> Lista SignWriting
> 01 de agosto de 2014
>
> Olá Lista SignWriting!
>
> Apenas recuperando o fôlego, depois de uma experiência incrível no SignWriting Simpósio.
>
> Eu me sinto muito sortudo por ter compartilhado tudo com você ...
>
> Temos já agradeceu o outro, e nós sabemos que nós apreciamos os esforços de cada um ...
>
> Mas o que são as suas opiniões sobre o Google Hangouts? Gostou apresentando dessa maneira?
>
> Como você melhorar a experiência da próxima vez?
>
> Vamos compartilhar nossas idéias aqui na Lista SignWriting ...
>
> Estou ansioso para ler sobre suas experiências e opiniões ...
>
> E o que você pode imaginar para o futuro? Quantas vezes você gostaria de um outro Simpósio?
>
> Val;-)
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