What is Online Presence and How Does It Apply To Traditional and Virtual Live Conferences?

THE CONCEPT:

  • Conferences provide shared presence. 
  • When shared physical presence is constrained, shared online presence is the alternative.
  • Shared online presence is tested and proven.

Traditional Live Conferences

  • Speakers and Listeners are physically present as their physical avatars.
  • Speakers and Listeners are in one physical location – Shared Physical World Venue.
  • Perceptually, Listeners and Speakers are fully physically present to each other.

Virtual Live Conferences

  • Speakers and Listeners are in multiple physical locations – Separated Physical World Venues.
  • Speakers and Listeners are online present as their online avatars – Shared Virtual World Venue.
  • Perceptually, Listeners and Speakers are audibly (voice), textually (chat), or visually () present to each other.

Virtual Option – Web 2.0: 

  • Speakers and Listeners are online present as their Web 2.0 avatars (e.g. Teams, Skype, FaceBook, LinkedIn)
  • Teleconference w. voice only OR Videoconference w. voice and image
  • One-Way w. Speaker-> Listener only OR Two-way w. Speaker ⇔ Listener
  • Perceptually, Listeners and Speakers are audibly and textually present to each other. 
  • If face cameras are used, participants will also be 2D visually present (a flat mosaic view as seen in, for example, the Hollywood Squares television game show).

Virtual Option – Web 3D: 

  • Speakers and Listeners are online present as their Web 3D avatars (e.g., Second Life, VirBELA).
  • Speakers and Listeners are present in one virtual world online region – Shared Virtual World Venue.
  • Perceptually, Listeners and Speakers are audibly, textually, and visually present to each other.
  • In particular, they will be 3D visually present to each other. This includes
    • 360 degree world view,
    • freedom to move around, change point of view,
    • live camera control of what they look at, see, hear, say to others.

What Are Mixed-Mode Live Conferences?

  • Mixed-Mode Conferences blend traditional and virtual live conference delivery to meet the goals, constraints, and needs of conference organizers and participants.
  • In particular, they provide both Web 2.0 and Web 3D options tailored to Listeners’ and Speakers’
    • equipment on hand, 
    • internet capabilities,
    • interest and comfort levels with using the technology.
  • Mixed-Mode Conferences are tested and proven. Common examples include:
    • Send conference main auditorium feed to overflow rooms – Speakers & Listeners are Physically Present in one room, Overflow Listeners are Online Present in another room down the hall.
    • Do the same virtually where Overflow Listeners are Online Present at their individual offices or homes in other cities and countries.
    • Do the same where Speakers are Online Present at their individual offices or homes in other cities and countries.
    • Do the same where some organizations might offer a small shared physical venue to simulcast the remote main conference feed to a local physically-present group of Listeners.

jn: 16-mar-2020

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