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Method to Support Joint moderated Web Conferences Disclosure Number: IPCOM000125093D
Original Publication Date: 2005-May-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-May-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 22K

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A Web conference is an online meeting in which one user, called the moderator, makes an online presentation to a group of conference participants. The moderator is the leader of the Web Conference. He/she selects a date and time for the conference and invites participants to the conference. The moderator also provides details about the conference, such as call-in number for a telephone conference call associated with the web conference. In addition the moderator manages the flow of the meeting, that is the progression through the presentation content. When a presentation requires several of the participants to take turns moderating a meeting, as in the case of a joint presentation, the primary moderator must manually assign a subset of "moderator functionality" to meeting participants as appropriate. The inability to delegate "moderator functionality" to participants without manual intervention from the moderator is a significant problem because it breaks the flow of the presentation and wastes time. This invention seeks to solve this problem.

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Method to Support Joint moderated Web Conferences

This invention proposes a novel method for extending the primary moderator's functionality such that he/she is able to delegate a subset of "moderator functionality" to participants automatically at particular points in the progression of a meeting to allow others to control their respective portions of the presentation. Unless the moderator assigns his total privilege to a participant, the participants presenters never fully have complete moderator functionality.

The concept can be implemented in the Web Conference Service supported by Lotus Workplace Server or any collaborative environment. Mechanisms such as, the Agenda Builder business component allows the moderator to assemble an agenda to reference materials/resources for use in a meeting. The agenda contains an ordered list of all of the files for the meeting. The agenda is saved in the XML format and is readable by the presentation meeting client.

Currently, the moderator has the following functions: Create a New Meeting using the agenda builder portlet; Add, re-order and remove files; add URLs to the agenda; Start the Meeting (Accessing the meeting client causes the agenda tag to call the Agenda delegate which uses the XML representation to access and manage resources for the meeting); and Upload Content During the meeting .

Since the moderator establishes the agenda he/she should be able to embed information in the XML document at different points in the presentation to give specific participants the ability to control the presentation. Of course in addition to just controlling the flow of the meeting the moderator...