Our weekly live video sessions are delivered via Google Hangouts, where up to ten people can join in a conversation and many more can watch live via YouTube (or see the archive later).
You can watch any live session at http://bit.ly/udgagora-live No logins are required.
The full schedule, archives, and summary notes can always be seen here:
The archived videos are also available in a YouTube playlist
Joining a Hangout
Each week we will ask via Tiny Letter and twitter if anyone is interested in being part of our conversation. We encourage you to "hangout" with us. The more the better!
In fact, we were so excited in Week 5 when @Gaviotanice brought her students to a hangout, we hope to do more in the future.
You are welcome to speak to your colleagues in Spanish.
We will send you by email or twitter direct message a special link that will allow you to join the hangout as a participant. Here are some tips for getting ready:
- Please try to check in at least 15 minutes early to make sure everything is working.
- Use a broadband (ethernet) or high-speed wireless connection, if possible.
- We recommend using Google Chrome as your browser and minimizing/closing unneeded background applications/programs. You will need to be logged into a Google/Gmail account to join.
- The first time you use a hangout, you will be asked to download a plugin or you can download it ahead of time at https://www.google.com/tools/dlpage/hangoutplugin
- Make sure the camera is at eye level. Either elevate your computer if you are using the internal camera or position your external camera accordingly. You probably don’t want viewers looking up your nose or only see your ceiling
- Do not put the laptop on your lap or any other unstable surface. The point is that the camera and the monitor you are looking at should both be at or near eye level and on a stable surface. A moving camera is hard to watch
- When speaking, look into the camera. Just be conversational. When you start talking, the camera will automatically shift to the active speaker
- Please either use a pair of earphones/headphones or a headset as your computer's speakers to cut down on echo/feedback. If you are in a place where there is noise (coffee shop, busy office, we may ask you to mute your mic when not talking).
- If your audio/video seems to be lagging while in the Hangout, try adjusting the "bandwidth slider" at the top of the Hangout window: https://support.google.com/plus/answer/2979333?hl=en
- We will use the built in chat to message each other during the session; viewers cannot see this chat
- Be conscious of your backdrop. Position yourself such that you are not backlit, and that whatever is behind you either enhances your image as an expert, or at least does not detract or distract.
For more information on Google Hangouts, see:
Google Hangouts Help https://support.google.com/hangouts