Tomorrow I'm giving a training session via web conference to a group of 16 people gathered in a room. They'll watch me on a projected screen and listen through a conference phone. I know I'll have to work extra hard to keep them actively engaged and interacting with me and with the content.
The process would be easier if I had known about a feature in TalkPoint Convey that was introduced this summer. Called "Meeting Room View," it allows participants to join a web conference without audio or video broadcast elements. They simply retain the ability to type questions and answer interactive polls. You can see a short video explanation of the feature below (or if the clip doesn't play in your feed reader, you can visit https://youtu.be/bAM6WKFDeMA).
I love this idea and I love the way TalkPoint implemented it. As far as I know, it's a unique approach. But I'll bet other vendors start adding it to their products now that they've been introduced to the concept. It's just too easy an enhancement to make.
TalkPoint was purchased by PGi two years ago, but it still operates as a self-contained business operation. The basic Convey web conferencing application is offered in the usual tiered-capacity levels (100, 300, 500, 1000, 3000, or more). Optional purpose-specific add-on packages allow customers to create marketing portals, impose additional layers of security for web conferences, run prerecorded content as live webinars, run multicasting/unicasting behind a corporate firewall, or conduct training and hybrid (local/remote) meetings. The Meeting Room View feature is included in the "Continuing Education/Hybrid Meeting" package. I hope TalkPoint expands availability across all their licensing packages, as I see it offering value for many different web conference applications.