Tuesday, 22 January 2013

EA Case Studies Webinar

Jisc Emerging Practices free webinar: Transforming Business Practices with Enterprise Architecture

On the 16 January we participated in a very successful webinar that introduced two case studies about the use of EA in institutions. JISC Advance hosted the webinar and provided Blackboard Collaborate as the web-conference tool. The webinar was well attended and there was a good discussion. Ray Reid presented a case study about using EA to transform the External Examiners process at Staffordshire University. Stephen Powell from University of Bolton presented on improving faculty business processes.

Ray had not delivered an online webinar before, and his reflections on the process are below:

Webinar experience

I’ve completed my first experience of speaking in and listening to a Webinar, the following is a summary of what I thought of it, hopefully it will prove useful to you when deciding whether this is the route that you should take.
Tools / Equipment used:
  • Blackboard Collaborate (used to be called elluminate)
  • Toshiba Laptop (Windows 7), Windows XP wasn't as fluid so a reinstall was called for.
  • External Microphone
  • External Headphones
  • Easy to setup, although first run setup can have Java issues, so it would be best to check that you don’t have these by attempting to access the room well in advance to your webinar time.
  • People don’t have to travel to be in a particular location to participate.
  • No feedback when you’re talking, just silence to keep you company, yes your listeners can ask questions but the feedback which you get whilst talking to people face to face or via Skype is just not there.
  • Very dependant on attendees’ equipment, so if you have a poor quality microphone you will come across badly to the people who are listening – so it’s best to do a pre-recording if you can, that way you can listen to how you sound. One of our hosts on the day sounded very tinny. 
  • My topic was on Enterprise Architecture, it was difficult to see if the audience was following what I was saying, I had done several run-throughs of my session and had also recorded it, but that still didn't stop me from thinking what I was talking about didn't make sense due to the silence whilst doing it live. I found myself dumbing down my content as I was talking, which in hindsight I don’t think I should've done as it’s very noticeable by all the pauses. 

Ray Reid.