We found that the microphone on the laptop was not quite good enough to pick up questions from the back of the room but was good enough to pick up questions from the participants up front. Although it would have been possible to have students join the WebEx session from their own laptops we thought that having them engage with the remote speaker in a traditional learning environment would give us the opportunity to fit Jeff in as part of a regular class and would encourage some discussion.
Jeff’s presentation is available on slideshare (see below) and he will be joining the class again in a few weeks to discuss online identity. I expect that we might tune our approach some based on our experience today but for the most part our approach worked. All instructional materials from today are available at: http://jeffloo.com/berkeley/2010/11/18/research-sharing/