Internet Lectures Research:

Broadening the Audience for Live Slide Show Presentations


Art museums frequently arrange lectures by curators and other experts to accompany exhibitions. Lectures often are presented in the form of slide shows. A lecturer typically prearranges slides in a desired sequence, places the slides in a projector, prepares notes to accompany each slide and then delivers the "in person" presentation to the institution's audience. Lectures have varying lengths of time depending on the degree of complexity desired by the presenter and the museum.

The value of these lectures can be greatly leveraged through the use of recent technological advances. Live lectures centered around slide presentations may now be easily and economically recast in the form of "illustrated audio" or "narrated slide shows" delivered online or CDs. This study concentrates on online presentations. Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) refers to online presentations of narrated slide shows as "Web lectures."

TFAO has organized it's study of Web lectures into these sections:

Benefits of Web lectures
Scope of opportunity
Financial assistance
Other multimedia projects
For further study
Responses to inquiries

Individual pages in this study will be amended as TFAO adds content, corrects errors and reorganizes sections for improved readability. Refreshing or reloading pages enables readers to view the latest updates.

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