Description

A “Webinar” is short for a Web-based seminar, a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the web. The key features that distinguish webinars from traditional webcasts and video conferencing are its interactivity and magnitude. They can be used for the exchange of information and discussions between the Webinar host and the audience and they can accommodate thousands of participants.

Examples

  • A Web ex meeting about the involvement of patients in treatment decisions
  • The NHS information centre has participated in a 45 minute debate and discussion in a HSJ webinar 
  • NHS – Institute for Innovation and Improvement - Quick Start seminar intended for clinicians, managers and commissioners.  At the end of the seminar, delegates will understand the role of the PCTT in measuring harm, be able to begin using it in general practice and introduce it to others. I.I.I. Webinar

Benefits and advantages

  • Webinars enable live meetings and presentations via the internet.
  • It offers the possibility to attract a wider audience, unlike video conferencing can accommodate +1000 persons
  • Could reduce costs
  • Relatively low cost to set up

Risks and disadvantages

  • Currently not commonplace in the UK
  • Live Webinars require the coordination of a large number of people who need to be logged on to the service at the same time.