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[This posting first appeared on May 31, 2007 in anticipation of our training session on June 6. Although the date of the training has passed, we are still looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please leave a comment here or e-mail Taylor Willingham.] 

On June 6 at 7:00 p.m., (Central) Texas Forums will be conducting an online workshop to train Volunteer Technical Production Assistants. We are recruiting these volunteers to assist with our online presentations and workshops, which we are expanding over the coming year. If you are interested in learning about the online technology we are using and how you can get involved, please join us on the 6th, by clicking here from your PC with Internet Explorer. More details below…

The Call For Volunteers

Texas Forums is looking for a few good geeks, semi-geeks, wanna-be geeks, hackers or folks who are “pretty comfy” with computers to provide technical support for our virtual workshops using the Opal Online Technology.

And the best part is…you can do it from your own home computer. You don’t even have to live in Texas!

Plus, you’ll get to participate in some really cool workshops and presentations and get to meet people from all around the country!

What You Will Do

We host workshops, panel presentations, meetings and lectures in a virtual room that has audio, text, whiteboard, and slide (url or powerpoint) push technology. We have had speakers and participants from every corner of the country and will be partnering with colleagues in other countries. These presentations are recorded and archived. Visit our archive for a sample of the work we have done!

Once you complete the training, you will become part of our pool of volunteers we can call on to help out with future presentations. If you are scheduled to be the Volunteer Technical Production Assistant for the workshop, you will log into the site twenty minutes before the start time, conduct sound sound checks with the participants and speakers, make certain the slides work and record the event. (the technology is built in, you just have to hit a button!) After everyone is set, you are free to participate, learn and contribute! Sessions are generally 60-90 minutes.

The Technology Requirements

All you need is a moderate degree of comfort with your own PC computer, Internet Explorer (my deepest apologies to my fellow Macgeeks!) speakers and a microphone (available for as low as $15).

Joining the Room

You can locate the Texas Forums virtual room by:

clicking here and bookmarking it in your Internet Explorer favorites folder or your del.icio.us account, or
go to our host, OPAL Online at http://www.opal-online.org, find “meeting rooms” at the top of the page, scroll down to “Texas Forums”.

When you visit the Texas Forums virtual room, you will see this:

opal room

Just download Talkcom the first time. After that you click on the big orange button to join the room. Once in, you’ll see something like this:

TF room

How to Get Involved

We will hold our first training session on June 6. Join us at 7:00 p.m. (Central), by clicking here from your PC with Internet Explorer. If you can’t make the training session, leave a comment here or send an e-mail to Taylor Willingham.

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