Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Predictions in GeneaWebinars interview

In honor of the 1 year blogiversary of GeneaWebinars, Ol' Myrt here was interviewed by GeneaBloggers' Thomas Macentee. I believe long distance learning in the world of genealogy has gone main stream with the influence of RootsTech 2011 and 2012 as the tipping point. The GeneaWebinars Blog and Calendar were created and openly shared with webinar sponsors, speakers and attendees. Fine out more by visiting www.GeneaWebinars.com.

These were my predictions for the coming months and years.

Within the next 12 months:
  • APG will offer GoToWebinar access to member who wish to presenter virtually.
  • The Genealogical Speakers Guild will also provide access to webinar technology for their members who wish to present virtually.
  • There will be an increase in presenters offering webinars to distant societies wishing to save travel expenses.
  • Societies with limited budgets will look for improved program content by hiring distant speakers who offer webinar support.
  • Presenters will no longer discount their webinar speaker fees.
Within the next five years:
  • 50% of all in-person RootsTech, National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Society annual conference presentations will be streamed live to a pay-per-view audience. The overall attendance live and remote will increase significantly.
  • 75% of all conference presentations will be video recorded, and placed behind a membership wall.
Do you think you society is up for scheduling virtual presenters for at least one third of your regular meeting presentations in the coming year? Here's a list of virtual presenters who are experienced with webinars. http://blog.geneawebinars.com/p/virtual-speakers.html

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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