By Sheila Edwards, Certified Health Coach and Parent Liaison
A webinar is an online workshop. Webinars usually take place live in real time. Sometimes webinars are interactive and the presenter will ask questions of the audience, but most webinars have a lecture-style format.
Watching webinars can be a convenient way to learn about topics of interest to you and your family. Families can listen anywhere they have internet access, such as at their home, library, or local coffee shop.
After a webinar the presenter may answer questions. These can be submitted in the chat feature throughout the presentation.
Attendees usually need to register ahead of time for a webinar and will receive an email confirmation with a link to join. Most webinars take place on some type of video conferencing client, such as Zoom or GoToMeeting. On the set day and time, you will click the link and share your first name to join the live feed. Attendees have the option to listen in to the meeting without displaying their own video.
You may need to download an app or software to participate, so it can be a good idea to click on the link about five minutes before the webinar is set to begin, in order to have time to update your technology if needed.
Many webinars are recorded; these recordings may be called archives. You can watch an archived webinar at any time once it’s been posted. You can also pause and rewind sections of an archive, if you want to repeat something you missed, or listen to a section again for more clarity.
Webinars are available from a variety of organizations, and cover many different topics, including financial resources, behavior, transition to adulthood, social skills, and new research findings. Click here for a printable handout listing key state and national organizations that provide webinars to families. Cornerstone has also created several webinars, available on our YouTube channel.
September 8, 2020, Sheila Edwards