I was updating my CV and realized I had not blogged about the amazing experience I had presenting virtually at the BC Festival of learning. What a shame! Tweets just aren’t enough to express my gratitude for this experience.


My co-presenters Jason Toal and Jon Fulton made this possible. One of the great things about being part of an open community is meeting new people like these two who were open to trying something new. I had never met either of them in person (or even talked to them before this presentation’s prep started). We also did not have experience presenting in this way before (live and virtually at the same time).

The collaboration opportunity was excellent in brainstorming issues to discuss and anticipating the questions that may come from the audience. Since we wanted a discussion-based approach we needed to examine issues in advance from a variety of perspectives in order to be able to lead the discussion. Each of us was able to facilitate discussion based on our own experiences with video production, which worked well. I learned a lot from our discussions both in preparation for and during the presentation. Hopefully, we can find an opportunity to work together again.

We streamed the presentation live to allow people from anywhere to participate. It was a stretch of my YouTube skills. Stretching your experiences just beyond your comfort zone is a great way to grow them – and definitely something I recommend. It was my first time presenting virtually, and it went pretty smoothly with the help of lots of testing in advance and some set-up help from Jeff who set me up to present from the Cambrian Hub.


The actual presentation is was posted on YouTube below and you can see the website here.


Thank you for reading! Please let me know what you think of this idea for presenting virtually and live streaming.


Photo of Laura on Screen at #FoL18 by Jon Fulton

Photo of Laura on Screen at #FoL18 by Jon Fulton


Laura Killam is an experienced nursing educator from Northern Ontario with a keen interest in improving student learning through innovation. For more information please visit http://nursekillam.com/.

1 Comment

Alan Levine · June 20, 2018 at 6:50 pm

You picked two great people to work with! Both creative geniuses I can second their skills and idea generating potential.

A good part of doing this is the part that might have felt terrifying- what if it does not work? Ot calls in a lot of cooperation and planning for what to do, but I always feel that the live presentation with a remote presenter alone creates a sense of energy.

I actually taught this way an entire class, but also have experience doing both live video and audio presentations (a few with Jason) where some of the presenters were remote. You might want to look into participating sometime with Virtually Connection http://virtuallyconnecting.org

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