Internet Lectures Research:
Broadening the Audience
for Live Slide Show Presentations
- Benefits of Web lectures
- Scope of opportunity
- TFAO financial assistance
- Other multimedia projects
- For further study
- Responses to inquiries
Benefits of Web lectures:
- Web lectures are available at the convenience of the
audience instead of the presenter. They are available for replay 24 hours
a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year to audiences worldwide, reaching
persons who are unable to be present for the "in person" lectures.
Web lectures enable audiences to easily control the learning experience.
Viewers can watch the parts of the lecture that interest them, skip over
others and "drill down" to additional resources with hyperlinks.
Web lectures save the audience time in retrieving relevant information
within a presentation.
- Although live presentations in a brick and mortar room
are not available for retrieval, Web lectures can be permanently archived,
indexed and replayed, extending their usefulness.
- Web lectures provide a means for museums to record for
posterity the spoken words of artists, relatives of artists and others
who have a special connection to art works.
- For the benefit of persons with hearing disabilities
Web lectures can show captions for each image/voice segment and complete
printed text of the audio narration.
- Errors and omissions in the original live lectures
may be amended in the production of Web lectures. Previously
posted Web lectures may also be amended from time to time to add additional
- Web lectures may be seen without charge if a museum chooses
that option. Alternately, they may be made available free only to museum
members if an institution makes "in person" lectures available
to members without charge as a member benefit. 
- Web lectures may be indexed by keywords so that they
are searchable by Web search engines such as Google.
- Web lectures can be unlimited in length of time and can
be segmented on an image-by-image basis. Each image can have a separate
accompanying voice component. The image/voice segments can be played in
the same fashion as a DVD. Segments can be paused, played or replayed.
- Web lectures can be viewed using "dial-up"
connections with low bandwidth. They do not require broadband connections
although they may be best viewed with broadband. They also allow for much
larger size images on monitor screens compared to online full motion video
since still pictures accompanied by audio require far less bandwidth.
- Since Web lectures are convertible to DVD format, those
prepared for automatic play can be shown in museum theaters during exhibitions
using DVD players and projection or conventional TV equipment.
- While the main focus of this study is Web lectures, there
are other opportunities for the use of illustrated audio. See other creative ways to use illustrated audio.
1. Web lectures can also be offered for a period of time exclusively
to members and to non-members for a fee. If a museum already has an online
ordering and payment module to support its bookstore, Web lectures can be
part of the available merchandise in the form of a CD or online download.
Web lectures can be offered as part of a suite of online services to members.
For instance, member newsletters or magazine issues can be also placed online
in the form of PDF files and archived for future access. CD copies of Web
lectures may be placed in the museum's library for use by the staff of the
museum's education department or the public.
2. On a computer monitor screen there appears a set of virtual controls
resembling those for a physical cassette, VHS or DVD player. Depending on
the virtual player screen used, a variety of virtual buttons can be clicked
or moved along slider bars for:
- Beginning (rewind slide show to the first slide or segment)
- End (fast forward slide show to the last slide or segment)
- Previous (move to the previous slide or segment)
- Next (move to the next slide or segment)
- Close (close the slide show)
- Sound (loudness)
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