The term 'webinar' is the blend of web and seminar, and is
essentially a presentation, lecture, or workshop that is transmitted over
Webinars typically have an audio and visual component. The audio is
provided by one or more presenters, who speak as the visual component -
often a power-point presentation, video or other multi-media content - is
streamed to its registered audience, wherever they may be.
Webinars can also allow the presenter and hosts to interact with their
audience. The audience can be invited to answer polls and are often
encouraged to ask the speaker or moderator (who is leading the webinar)
questions in real-time through an instant messaging tool, social media or
How do I participate?
All you need is a computer and access to the internet to stream the
Most webinars will ask you to register ahead of time in order to reserve
your space and obtain instructions for how to join the program on the
scheduled day and time.
Just before the scheduled time of the presentation, sign on to the URL
specified in the instructions given to you as part of your registration
No software downloads are required. The platform runs off Flash, the same
technology used to display YouTube videos.
The webinar is streamed live - and, if you choose to, you can interact by
asking questions or commenting either via the instant messaging tools,
which show up during the presentation, or via twitter. Use #WCAWeb or
A recording of the webinar will be posted on the WCA website shortly
after each session and a link to the recording and presentation will be
emailed to those who registered for each webinar.