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I’m enjoying the talks.It helps keep my spirits up by traveling and learning with the experts until we can take a live tour again.
I thoroughly enjoyed today’s presentation- The presenter was engaging and the content fascinating. I will definitely register for another of these seminars very soon.
I want to be sure our presenter knows how much I appreciated her presentation style and the depth of knowledge she shared with us this morning. I also want to be sure she is aware that any lack of interactive participation on my part was the result of managing the technology, not because I wasn’t engaged and curious. In other circumstances, there were certainly questions I would have asked at the end (to get additional perspective and information, not because there was any lack of clarity in the presentation.)
I’m blind. I can use Zoom to participate in meetings and calls without difficulty (using my phone or computer with speech access software.) But it can sometimes be challenging to both listen to the speaker and participate in chat messaging simultaneously since I’m listening to both. This often means prioritizing between listening to the speaker and participating in chat conversation— even if I pause to type in questions/responses, it means taking my attention away from what is being said by others at the time. ((Sighted participants can more readily split their attention between listening to the speaker, and (visually) reading the chat screen/typing into the message box/controlling their software at the same time.) Even diverting my attention to muting/unmuting can mean missing something which is being said.
So any “silence” on my part during today’s call was simply my choosing to pay attention to what was being said/to the answers to other people’s questions rather than focusing on entering my own questions or reactions or finding the correct buttons to unmute or indicate a raised hand. (I hate interrupting without raising a hand first— it feels so rude!) I know this can make it seem I’m not paying full attention or am not actively involved and I wanted to be sure she wasn’t left with that impression because the talk definitely held my attention and left me with matters to explore on my own.
On a related note, I also wanted to compliment Jade on the way she handled incorporating visual information into her presentation. When using visual aids to illustrate her talk (maps, images, etc) she did an excellent job of incorporating the information being illustrated into what she was saying at the time. She described what she intended to convey— telling us what was in the map or image and what information we could get from what we were being shown. So without specifically planning for it, I believe I was able to follow what she was saying/showing us with the visuals and to come away with most if not all of what was being illustrated. (I can’t tell you how many college and graduate school professors lost me during lectures by over-using “this” and “that,” “over here” and assuming the visuals would speak for themselves without interpretation! And they *knew* I was there, trying to follow what they were saying.) So my specific thanks and cudos for that job well done!
thanks again for the experience. It certainly paralleled the quality of the in-person Context tours I’ve taken in the past and more than met my expectations.
excellent variety of courses; I thought that this particular subject matter was very unique