PARTICIPATING AS A SOLO PARTICIPANT
A SOLO is a participant in a video call that sits alone at home or participates alone from the office. Even as a solo participant, we want you to be fully on board. This means we want you to see everyone and be seen by everyone (That is only fair, right?) We also want you to hear everyone and be heard by everyone (that is pretty handy in small group discussions…) Our goal is for you to fully enjoy the closest thing to face-to-face: a densely connected group of participants.
To make this work we need you to get ready with these 3 things:
- Good internet connection: Don’t rely on WiFi, use cable. Wifi ads several steps that can all cause issues or interruptions. Bandwidth may below so you cannot participate with video or sound.
- Make sure your camera works and your light conditions are reasonable and switch your camera on during the webinar.
- Sound: a good headset with a microphone is usually the best but if you have good experience with your built-in laptop microphone and loudspeaker you can use those IF you are in a silent environment.
Test your video and sound here: https://zoom.us/test (spend about 5 minutes on this before you join the call so we can avoid this: A Video Conference Call in Real Life – YouTube
It is Essential and simply polite toward other participants in a video call. Just like you would normally not walk into a room with a bag over your head.
WE WILL NOT ACCEPT PARTICIPANTS WITHOUT A CAMERA ON.
HOSTING A HUB
A HUB is a group of participants sitting in a room and using one connection to join in a video call. Two such groups in one meeting IS called a Multi-Hub meeting or a two-Hub meeting. The larger the group, the more important professionalism becomes. With two people you could still use one laptop for screen, camera, loudspeaker and microphone, as of three you may be challenged. For a group of 5 and up someone needs to take responsibility and be the HUB BOSS. You need some basic AV material and a volunteer for the support. If you go over 10, a technician is recommended. You need an additional bigger screen; you need a camera that can film the entire group and preferably can zoom in to the participant that is speaking. You need a microphone (with a longer wire or wireless) that can reach each of the participants. And you need a bigger loudspeaker. These four technical elements need to be set-up before the meeting and tested so the room is ready when the meeting starts. Having the technician in the room during the meeting will help. Your volunteer may be distracted and miss part of the session so an additional person works best.
WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WAIT FOR HUBS WITH TECHNICAL ISSUES.
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