The Great Plains Conference has a large land area, and it can take hours to drive from one portion of the conference to another. It’s important, then, that to be as efficient as possible and to be good stewards that we make use of distance-meeting or distance-learning technology. Following are some options for meeting technologies currently employed by Great Plains United Methodists and how you can initiate their use.
Best for: Two-person meetings up to large groups. This option works really well for groups of any size who will be gathering via separate computers and not in groups of people.
How it works: Zoom is a web-based software that allows people to see each other while meeting over any distance. It features an option to record the meeting for those who cannot attend. And it provides a call-in option for people without video capability but who need to participate in the conversation.
Scheduling: Contact Todd Seifert at email@example.com. You must provide the following information in the email:
Omission of any of these details will prevent the scheduling of your meeting, so please make sure all four pieces of information are included.
Best for: Meetings that will include one or more clusters of people gathering in one or more locations.
How it works: The conference provides 13 regional video conference sites with capacities ranging from 10 participants up to 40 participants. This format is good for education/instruction/preaching sessions as well as small meetings where it is important to see facial expressions and other non-verbal communication. It is also excellent for two-way communication where discussion and feedback are important elements of the meeting. View this map to see where regional sites are located.
Scheduling: Contact Todd Seifert, communications director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must provide the following information in your email:
Using traditional telephone conference call technology, the number of connections is unlimited and several meetings can be conducted simultaneously.
Best for: Groups as small as three but as large as 15, with the organizer setting a precise model for conversation, such as each person identifying themselves before speaking, and other ground rules. To schedule a telephone conference call, contact Todd Seifert, communications director, at email@example.com. Information needed to set up your call:
Webcasts are similar to broadcasts, but usually to an invited audience delivered over the Internet. Webcasts are useful for the presentation of educational material and presentations to large target audiences. Interaction occurs through email and social media. Webcasts can be watched from a home computer or as a group activity in a large setting where a large screen projects the webcast for a group.
Current programs using the live streaming technology include “Wesleyan Live” and various training events, as well as the annual conference session. Traditionally it has also provided conference leadership the ability to distribute important information and dialogue on conference polity and programs. Webcasts can be originated from any location with sufficient Internet upload speeds. They can also be produced with one or multi-camera production values. Webcasts can be recorded for future review, editing and distribution.
Webcasts must be approved by the communications department. Please be aware of budget ramifications due to fees incurred with each webcast. Some costs are absorbed by the communications department budget, but some must be paid by the department, committee or team that requests the webcast.
Great Plains Conference video-conferencing facilities including contact person, address and room capacity.
Ainsworth UMC (40)
Alliance UMC (30)
Chanute First UMC (20)
Dodge City District Office (8)
Hays District Office (8)
Kansas City District Office (15)
Kearney First UMC (40)
Lincoln Conference Office (40)
Topeka Conference Office (20)
Wichita Conference Office (20)