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Agile presentation method through web conferencing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000182820D
Original Publication Date: 2009-May-06
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-May-06
Document File: 4 page(s) / 807K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The pervasiveness of collaborative services such as desktop application sharing and e-meetings, the process of presenting to a group of people has become more agile. Such process no longer requires sending the presentation as a static file ahead of time like done in the past. One can modify presentation slides minutes prior the actual presentation now, likewise current web conferencing systems allow users to log into a presentation on-line as it is running. As this has become a live and agile event, the technology from the users' or listeners' perspective has yet to catch up. Today users get ready and join at the start of the presentation; coming in late to a presentation means that one has lost a lot of the context of the presentation. The user often has to download a recording later to review what was missed. From the consumers' side there is a disconnect to when is the optimum time to join a meeting's presentation given that a subset of the presentation is of interest to one specific consumer. Likewise, the presenter is not easily able to tell who is supposed to be in the presentation, what material should require all interested parties, when to skip the material if certain members are present and lastly the level of interest/expertise in relation to the section of the presentation. So, this collaborative model also brought a disconnect from the presenter's perspective as well hence our problem statement.

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Agile presentation method through web conferencing

Collaborative services such as desktop application sharing, e-meetings, and the process of presenting to a group of people has become easier to use. Such processes no longer require a presentation be sent as a static file in advance. One can modify presentation slides minutes prior to the actual presentation, likewise, current web conference systems allow users to log into a presentation on-line as it is running. As this has become a live and agile event, the technology from the users' or listeners' perspective has yet to catch up. Today users get ready and join at the start of the presentation; coming in late to a presentation means that one has lost a lot of the context of the presentation. The user often has to download a recording later to review what was missed. From the consumers' side there is a disconnect to when is the optimum time to join a meeting's presentation given that a subset of the presentation is of interest to one specific consumer.

Likewise, the presenter is not easily able to tell who is supposed to be in the presentation, what material should be required for all interested parties, when to skip material if certain members are present, and lastly the level of interest/expertise in relation to the section of the presentation.

The core idea of this disclosure is to restructure a web conference on the fly to suit the audience. This allows for a more flexible system to cater to busy people and ensure that the main areas of the presentation are tailored for those watching to ensure that those who need to see particular areas do so.

This offers benefits vs current systems using static content that does not allow people to arrive late to the presentation.

The main claims of the idea are:

The viewer of a web conference is able to join a conference late and still view it from the beginning while the presentation is running.

The viewer is able to skip ahead or back if they wish at any point up to the presenters location.

The presenter can pull audience members to certain slides. For example the current one if everyone present is required to view it live.

The presenter has the ability to cue to the viewers that a new topic is coming up or a point where the audience can ask questions.

Social based tagging to the presentation allows the presenter/audience to see the relevance of the current slide. This allows the presenter to tailor the slides on the fly, while allowing the audience to skip areas they may feel are not relevant.

Tags can be applied by the audience to the slides allowing them to flag content to others who may be interested in that content.

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The presenter is able to see the hierarchical level of the audience in relation to a slide. So the slide can be skipped over if one or more audience member is not allowed to view the slide...