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A webinar is an educational, informative or instructional presentation that is made available online, usually as either video or audio with slides. 

A webinar may take the form of an academic lecture or some other type of presentation, such as a business conference. Because webinar attendees connect online, they can use Internet-based technologies to enhance the experience, for example, communicating through instant messaging, file sharing, using a whiteboard collaboratively and interacting through social media sites.

As with any type of presentation, it's important to prepare adequately for a webinar. Tips for a successful webinar include researching the topic thoroughly, creating an organizational structure for the information, finding a comfortable pace for presentation, and testing equipment ahead of time. 

The term webinar is a portmanteau -- a word made from two other words or parts of words -- of "web" and "seminar."

See also: death by PowerPoint, Pecha Kucha, massive open online course (MOOC), Khan Academy, distance learning, distributed learning, open and distance learning (ODL), virtual classroom

 

This was last updated in August 2013
Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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