What is a webinar?
A webinar is a way to present a seminar to people over the Internet rather than in person. A webinar consists of a slideshow presentation (which is viewable on your computer screen) and the presenter's commentary (which can be heard through your computer speakers). For live webinars, there is also a chat box where you can ask the presenter questions directly.
How do I particpate in a webinar?
The first step is to register for a webinar, which you can do online or by calling the ACCMA. Shortly after you register, you will receive an email with important information including a link and passcode that you will need to access the presentation on your computer. To access the presentation, click the link or paste it into your web browser. Make sure your computer audio is working and computer speakers are on. Enter the passcode and follow the prompts. For a live webinar, if you cannot access the audio through your computer speakers, you will need to dial the phone number and enter the passcode contained in your registration email.
How do I know if my computer is set up for a webinar?
In general, most computers as currently configured will enable your full participation in a webinar. However, the ACCMA recommends that you test your computer’s readiness by clicking on http://www.myeventpartner.com/system_test. This online tool will diagnose your computer and let you know if there are any actions you need to take before you can participate in the online meeting. If everything is ok, you should see a green dot and a message that reads “You have passed the system test!” [NOTE: If your computer prompts you with a message requesting access to your web camera or microphone, click “Deny.”] Some settings on your computer may need to be adjusted to enable maximum participation in the webinar. These include:
- Un-block pop-ups temporarily. To do this, open a web browser window. From the “Tools” menu at the top of the window, choose “Internet Options.” Select the “Privacy” tab and un-check the box next to “Block pop-ups.” Click “Apply” and then “Ok.”
- Set screen resolution to 1024 x 768 or higher.
- Set internet and cookies security to low.
My computer is pretty old - what are the minimum system requirements to participate in a webinar?
In order to view and hear online webinars, your computer and internet connection need to meet certain minimum requirements. Please check that your computer and software meets or exceeds these specifications:
Windows XP or Mac OS X 10.2
500MB or more of RAM memory
CPU 800 MHz
Monitor 800x600 pixels (1024x768 strongly recommended)
DSL or faster internet connection
Up-to-date web browser software, such as FireFox 3+, or Internet Exploder 7+, Safari 3+
Adobe Flash Plugin, newest version... Click here to test
Working audio card and speakers