Getting up to speed on UU Webinars and Persony


Ah, new technology….  Have you met Persony yet?

One of the projects I’m working on in the Ballou Channing District is getting us started with webinars.  Recently the UUA Staff in Boston and many districts have started using Persony, a web conferencing platform.  I am working on getting Ballou Channing set up with this technology and hosting a series of growth oriented webinars.

Have you participated in a Persony based UU webinar?   If so, I’d love to hear your about your experience.

I’m scheduled to sit in on a couple of webinars over the next few weeks and will have my own thoughts, but I’d love to hear yours.  I’ve spoken with a number of lay leaders in my district and they articulated how busy they were BEFORE taking on a leadership role.  They thought the webinar idea is a good one.   On the other hand, I’ve had a couple leaders bring up accessibility issues and question how long it will take to get our district oriented to this tool.

Any advice for the successful deployment of Persony based district hosted webinars?  I was thinking it might be good to crank out a quickie youtube video explaining how it works, what to expect, the ease of use (I hope its easy), and the benefits.

If you’re curious about Persony you can take a look at http://persony.uua.org/ for a list of scheduled webinars.  Please check the hosting district’s website for info before attempting to register.  There is a seat limit per webinar and I’m not sure what districts are doing regarding registrations from other districts.

Any other thoughts on webinars?  Any webinar subject/topic request?

5 thoughts on “Getting up to speed on UU Webinars and Persony”

  1. Really, it depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. You might be able to get what you need done using ManyCams and UStream–both free–to feed your desktop with audio to a reasonable amount of users.
    On another note, while I don’t have any experience with Persony, I have been on the receiving end of some very big webinars on WebEx, and I can report that the service performed admirably. Acrobat.com also did pretty well. Of course, both use a different pricing model than Persony, which might not fit your situation.

    1. Thanks Pierce. I’ve learned that the UUA is set up with Persony and district webinars are going through their server. I had a great time sitting in on a Persony based webinar last night. I’ll share more about it soon.

  2. Prairie Star’s website has a helpful tutorial on “How to take an online workshop” for those of us who are clueless. Do you have any idea what the costs associated with this are? Are workshop sizes limited because of costs? Or does an oversized workshop just become too unwieldy?

  3. By the way, if you’re wanting to do some screencasting mixed with live video from a Web cam (for free!), apparently there’s a site called Livestream.com that will do it. A friend pointed me there and I’ll let you know how it works.

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