Using Microsites as Live Presentation Platforms: (with Three Embedded Real-World Cases)

Using Microsites as Live Presentation Platforms: (with Three Embedded Real-World Cases)

Shalin Hai-Jew (Kansas State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8696-0.ch008


Live presentations in academic conferences often link to online resources for preview or post-view. Microsites may enhance live and real-time presentations. To examine the human factors and software challenges involved, this chapter offers three real-world partial solutions for interactive microsites that serve multiple purposes. This article focuses on the use of SoftChalk as a core authoring tool to create microsites for live presentations. Three real-world and unique cases (all from 2012) are showcased here: “Using Tableau Public for (Spatial and Trendline) Data Visualization (An Early Exploration and ‘TMI' Musing on Data)” at; “Building and Analyzing Node-Link Diagrams to Understand Social Networks” at; and “Building Effective Study Guides for Online Learning and Assessment” at
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The Challenges Of Live Presentations And Stretching Time

The challenges of this professional organization and its membership are similar to others who host live conferences with synchronous events held. The participants of the conference may want to attend multiple synchronous events and are forced to wrangle other ways to benefit from multiple real-time events. For presenters to build presentational microsites that are used in both the F2F presentations and in enriched archived format, they may enable conference-goers to benefit by learning from multiple presenters by using “off-time” to review the presentational multimedia materials. Going beyond the limits of a slideshow means that the conference goers may experience a closer-to-the-live and full-sensory experience than reviewing static or non-interactive traditional presentation materials.

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