What is a webinar?

What is a webinar and why would you join one?

In this short article, we look at webinars and why they can be useful. We also give you a quick outline of how to join a SET webinar.

What is a webinar?

‘Webinar’ simply means ‘web seminar’; it is a live or on-demand event, taking place on the internet. It can be a discussion, lecture, conference, presentation, or demonstration. Participants can see documents (usually slides) and other applications via their computer. There will also be shared audio, so you can hear the presenter.

Why would a webinar be useful to me?

Sometimes you won't have time to go to a conference or training session; a webinar cuts the travel time down to zero. It means that you can list to the most relevant and interesting sector experts from your own home or work.

What do I need to be able to join a webinar?

You just need your computer, a compatible web browser and speakers (or headphones).

Can I be seen or heard?

No, you don’t need a camera or a microphone to join a webinar – nobody will see you or hear you!

How do I join a SET webinar?

We will promote upcoming webinars via our website, social media channels, and we may also send you an email. You can keep an eye on the webinar section on the SET website where you will find a link to registration page. You will need to be logged in as a member to view this link and register.

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When you have registered for the webinar, you will receive an email with your log in details. You will also receive a reminder email 24 hours before the event. These emails will enable you to test your set up, add the event to the calendar and also to join the live event.

Shortly before the event begins, follow the link in your registration email and join the event. 

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You will then be asked to confirm your details and click on the submit button:

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Things to check:

  1. The sound on the device you are using is switched on.
  2. That you have an internet connection strong enough to support a live streamed event.

Participating in a webinar - what do I do?

Watch the slides and listen to the presenter.

You can leave the session if you need to and catch up on any missed parts by downloading a recording or the slides after the event.

Can I download a recording of the webinar?

Everybody who registered for the live event will receive an email with a recording of the event. You can also register to download any of our past webinars.

If this is the first time you have accessed this particular webinar recording, you will need to register by clicking on the link that says click here and filling in the form (it looks the same as the form for the registration page).

What if I have questions for the presenter?

Usually, the presenter will share their contact details so that you can get in touch. Many of our webinar presenters will follow their webinar with a webchat, a live question and answer session on our Facebook page. Find out more about webchats.

How do I find out about upcoming webinars and webchats?

There are many ways you can make sure you get the most from your membership and keep up-to-date with our events:

  • Update your special interests on your SET dashboard to receive an email invitation to relevant online events.
  • Follow us on Facebook to view all our online and face-to-face events.
  • Keep an eye out for our online events calendar, which is being released in January 2019 (link to be added shortly). 

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