Bring focus to your online meetings with QANDR

    Ever since the Corona crisis started in earnest last month, we have been giving regular webinars on how to use our tool QANDR to make the most of online meetings. Even though the current situation demands that you connect remotely with your audience, QANDR supplies the necessary interactivity that provides the engagement and connectedness to compensate for the lack of physical interaction. For the last month or so, we have been demonstrating this to more than forty people (and counting) in our series of free webinars. We are pleased with the interest this new model keeps generating, particularly in new market segments, and the need it addresses in these unusual times.

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    Many organisations face the challenge of continuing the conversation with their target audience, now that that is no longer possible in the physical sense. Coupling one of the many online video frameworks available (to enable the communication) with QANDR as an Add-on (to supply the interactivity) is proving to be a feasible alternative indeed. This has lead to interested parties from new domains such as civic participation and the public sector (page 10) using or considering QANDR to enhance their online meetings (links refer to documents in Dutch).

    When a concept is this new, you have to wait and see which aspects of your technology most hit the mark. Thus far, we have seen roughly two models used in the field. One is the classic QANDR model of the interactive discussion, with a relatively small group of active participants, and QANDR’s interactive modules triggering the discussion via participants’ smartphones – much like how it is used in physical settings. The second one is the webinar, where typically the group is larger and the discussion is more one-sided. In that model, participants still use QANDR to give input, and the joint results are shown to all, but there is less room to discuss results in the group. Both models work equally well in relevant situations, and if this has sparked your interest, by all means join one of our webinars to see it in action.

    Participants in our webinars were quite impressed with the simplicity and ease of adding QANDR to an online meeting. Of course, online connections are not as smooth as physical ones, and small delays and interruptions come with the territory. However, we are happy to report QANDR performs well in this online mix, with even the modules that are heavy on the network (such as the Pointer where the phone is used as a trackpad to move a dot on the central screen) performing satisfactorily.

    As for video conferencing tools, the most popular one for now is Zoom, followed by Skype, Microsoft Teams, ClickMeeting and WebEx. It really does not matter all that much which tool is used, as long as the tool gives you the option to share your screen with the participants. It generally makes it easier for participants if they do not have to download an app, but can directly use the link given to them in their browser.

    Using QANDR in your online environment has several major advantages compared to regular online conferences as well. You can achieve so much more than just passively consuming participants’ video and audio with everybody waiting their turn to talk and little attention for others. QANDR effortlessly involves all participants, in particular also the more introverted ones, allowing you to do a poll, collect opinions using a wordcloud and even make people point at pictures that you bring to the conference. A big plus is also that all responses are stored in the database, giving you an organised report immediately afterwards, containing all the opinions and different viewpoints in visuals in your own branding.

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    Schedule of the 45 minutes webinar 

    • Introduction of all participants in the webinar
    • Experience QANDR modules in an online environment
    • How to use the editor to program your own QANDR session
    • How to start a session and add the mainscreen to your online environment
    • Tips and tricks for online use of QANDR
    • Time for questions and answers

     

    Experiences online

    See the grade that participants gave to this online municipality meeting with QANDR

     

    See in the below video how QANDR can be used during a Webinar setup