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Online session usually with a presenter focusing on a specific topic.  May be synchronous (in which case participants may be able to communicate with the presenter and/or others) or asynchronous.


  • Many participants can join from many different locations and situations.

  • Cost effective.

  • If archived, it’s re-playable so that participants can go back over the material or share with new participants.

  • Allows sharing of material digitally (which may be shared beforehand)

  • Able to target specific subject that people ‘need to know’

  • Allows for convenient sharing of information

  • Possibility of interaction (back-channel, chat box, video input, web links)

  • Allows for the creation of a ‘participant space’ for continued discussion

  • Best if includes variety of outputs (video, Powerpoint, variety of speakers)


  • One-way communication

  • Difficult to sustain participant attention - easy to get distracted, difficult to stay “present” over time when you’re not actually with other people.

  • Difficult to get feedback from participants in order to both tailor presentation to meet needs and/or to know if participants have gained from the experience.

  • Length of webinar must remain short.

  • Time consuming to organise.

  • Technological glitches can’t all be anticipated and planned for.

Examples of Goals at the appropriate grain size for this format

Teaching questioning as a reading comprehension strategy

Effective examples


Tools that are helpful

eg.  Blank templates

Asynchronous: Video on teaching questioning as a reading comprehension strategy

Synchronous:  English Companion Ning  Webstitute