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System and method for automatic presenter context switching

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000206349D
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 48K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for controlling presenter rights and conferencing options during a web-based presentation in order to better manage meeting context within specific time constraints. The invention is a presentation context-switching system that enables the meeting coordinator to control various aspects of an e-meeting, such as who is presenting, the order of topics, time, and control-switching. This optimizes the meeting time for all participants.

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System and method for automatic presenter context switching

This invention solves the problem of running out of time during an on-line presentation with multiple presenters by automatically managing the presenter rights and available on-line and audio conferencing options (if available).

Current available solutions add timers to presentations [1] and can manage time based on predetermined phases of a presentation, [2] but they do not offer the ability to dynamically manage an on-line presentation and take actions based on context.

The disclosed solution is a presentation context switching system that enables the meeting coordinator to control various aspects of an e-meeting, such as who is presenting, the order of topics, time, and control-switching. It alerts a presenter to their remaining presentation time, and takes action once the timer has expired, unless the presenter intervenes. The timer display can be customized to be visible to either only the presenter or all participants. When time is expired, the timer triggers an action in the on-line meeting. Actions can include automatically transferring presenter rights to the next presenter, opening up phone lines or chat channels for questions, or closing out the on-line meeting (after the last presenter).

The components and process for the presentation context switching system follow:
1. E-meeting set up and configuration data
A. During the creation of the e-meeting, the moderator provides e-meeting configuration data such as total meeting duration, number of presentations, number of presenters (including names and IDs), and duration for each presentation. The e-meeting configuration data can also be added or modified after the e-meeting is created.

B. The moderator uploads slide presentations and associates portions of the presentation (e.g., 1 or more slides) to individual presenters as needed. Additionally, the moderator can leverage any metadata present in the slide deck pertaining to primary/secondary presenters, as well as any time units specified per slide.

C. The meeting chair can also set preferences for the timer display and context switching, such as displaying the timer only for the speaker, or for all, and can allow or disallow intervention by the speaker.

2. Context handler:


When the e-meeting is started, the context handler is...