Over the course of my blogging I have encountered applications and services that let people broadcast presentations over the internet; these presentations are usually in the form of webcasts or simple PowerPoint files. I have found this methodology of presentations to be very boring for the audience. Whether the presentation is being given in person or over the internet, simply explaining and presenting our topic has gotten too common and fails to hold the interest of the audience.
Audience members respond better to presentations that are interactive and require the dynamic feedback and interaction of the audience.
The effectiveness of such interaction-oriented presentations has been recognized by Adobe and evident in their product Acrobat Connect Pro.
Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro is a great way to facilitate web conferencing and eLearning. Using this product, not only are users able to broadcast live and recorded presentations via their desktop computers, but are also able to create interactive sections of a presentation which require the audience’s actions. These interactive fields can be incorporated into the presentation whether it is live or recorded.
Audience members tune into the presentation by any web browser that has Adobe Flash support and installed. The presentation is then broadcast online and view in the Flash player on the browser. Recently Acrobat Connect Pro has released an iPhone application which enables users to tune into presentations via their iPhones and iPods (Touch). This application is called Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro Mobile, is free to download, and is about 8MB in size.
The iPhone application keeps things interactive and gets input from the audience. Audience members can use live chat or voice chat to interact with the presenter as well.
A demo for how Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro works can be seen here.
The pricing plan for the product can be viewed here.