D6 - Preparing for, delivering & surviving webinars

Day 2 at 13:45 - Preparing for, delivering & surviving webinars
Day Day 2
Session D
Start time 13:45
Strand Postgraduate Research
Code D6

Helen Hampson - Researcher Development Officer, University of Sussex

Helen Webb - Research Support Librarian, University of         Sussex

Workshop overview:

Like many other institutions engaging part-time and distance researchers is a priority for the University of Sussex, and webinars are one way the Research Development team aims to support this community. Having recently piloted webinars, we have also been pleased to see many full-time and campus based researchers joining us in these online sessions. Sharing our experiences and providing feedback from Sussex researchers, we will focus the workshop to explore:

  • How webinars can support part-time, distance, and busy researchers
  • Deciding which topics to deliver in an online format, and how to structure sessions
  • Keeping participants online, developing engaging and interactive webinars
  • Technological considerations, recording and evaluating 

As well as sharing what has worked well at Sussex, we're keen to hear about the experiences of others working in researcher development. The workshop will include plenty of discussion time to pull together good practice from those who have led or participated in webinars, and provide a solid starting point for those with less experience but an interest in using webinars for researcher development.

Workshop topics covered:

  • Reviewing which topics might work in an online format and how to structure an online development session
  • How to make webinars more engaging and encourage online participation
  • Technological considerations, making sure you have the right support, and a back-up plan for when things go wrong
  • Tips for less stress on the day, and the do's and don'ts of webinars
  • Recording webinars as a reusable resource for researchers, and using in distance-learning doctoral programmes
  • When and how to evaluate a webinar

Themes covered:

  • New approaches to enabling researchers to reach their potential and make powerful career choices
  • Case studies and examples that mainstream equality and diversity for researchers and the research environment
  • New and interesting ways of supporting mobility - international, intersectoral, interdisciplinary and virtual mobility

Workshop outcomes:

By the end of the workshop, participants will have:

  • Considered how webinars can be built into blended researcher development programmes to support a diverse doctoral community
  • Identified the topics which will work well in an online format, and how an engaging webinar might be structured
  • Understood how to prepare for a successful webinar and evaluate its effectiveness


Interactive workshop addressing an area of practice in researcher development