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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an eConference?

An eConference is similar to a regular conference except instead of attending in person, the presentations are streamed live over the internet for you to watch anywhere in the world.

What is a webcast?

A webcast is a presentation distributed over the Internet using streaming media technology. The eConferences are often referred to as webcasts.

How much does it cost to participate?

Nothing. The eConferences are free to watch on the day but registration is mandatory. They are also free to watch on-demand for a short time after the event. Past eConferences can be purchased on DVD for $29.95.

What do I need to watch an eConference?

In order to watch the eConference, you will need a reliable internet connection and a computer, tablet or mobile device. If watching on a computer, you may need to download Adobe Flash Player and check that your internet browser is compatible. We recommend you test the device you wish to watch the eConference on, prior to the event to ensure it meets the system requirements. You can find more detailed information about System Requirements on the Webcast Help Page.

Can I watch the eConference on my mobile phone or tablet?

Yes. The eConference can be viewed on some mobile phones and tablet devices. Please check to see if your device meets the System Requirements and perform a system test prior to the event.

Can we participate from overseas?

Yes. The eConference is available to watch anywhere in the world, provided you have an internet connection and you meet the system requirements.

I am unavailable on the day of the eConference. Can I still watch it?

Yes. Within 3 days after the live streamed eConference event, a full recording will be available to watch online, free of charge. This will be online for approx. 2 weeks during which you can watch the eConference at whatever time and as many times as you like.

After this two week period elapses, you will be able to order a DVD of the eConference, which will be delivered to an address of your choosing. The DVD’s are $29.95 and postage and handling within Australia is free. International deliveries are charged at standard international postal rates. Please contact BBI for more information.

Where can I find a copy of the facilitators notes and/or recommended readings from past eConferences?

The facilitators notes and recommended readings are free to download off the BBI website. You can find them with their corresponding DVD in the Books & DVDs section of our website. Select the DVD cover of the eConference you are looking for and you will be taken to a page with the corresponding resources. Please note that not all eConference have recommended readings to accompany. 

What is a facilitator?

A facilitator is a person that organises a group (also referred to as a site) to watch the eConference. This may be in a local church hall, university, community centre, healthcare facility, workplace or a private residence. Throughout the eConferences there are scheduled discussion breaks. During these breaks, a facilitator will usually lead the discussion amongst their group, often guided by the suggested discussion questions in the facilitators notes provided by BBI.

How can I join a group to watch the eConference?

Close to the date of the eConference, BBI releases a document containing the location of the eConference group sites which are open to the public. BBI recommends you contact the location of your choosing before the day to ensure there will be a seat available.

Can I use the eConference for professional development?

A range of eConference professional development options are available. To learn more and to have BBI tailor a program to suit your employment needs please contact Christian Farrington at econference@bbi.catholic.edu.au or call 02 9847 0572.

Should I test my system before watching an eConference?

Yes. BBI highly recommends that you test your system prior to the eConference event. A free online system test is available here: diagnostics.mediaplatform.com. Please be patient when testing your system as the test audio and video stream may take several minutes to load.

My system failed the test, what should I do?

The test audio and video stream may take several minutes to load. If you cannot hear the test audio or see the test video after five minutes, please read our webcast help page or contact your system administrator.

I have a question for the panel. How can I submit it?

We encourage participants to send in questions for our panel discussion. You can sent them to us by email on econference@bbi.catholic.edu.au, Twitter @BBI_TAITE or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/BBI.TAITE.

Who runs the eConference?

The eConferences are delivered through a partnership between The Broken Bay Institute and The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

How are they funded?

The eConferences are funded entirely by BBI and with the help of donations and sponsorships. If you would like to donate, please read our eConference donations page. If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Sylvia MacRitchie-Hook at smacritchie-hook@bbi.catholic.edu.au.

How are the topics of each eConference selected? Can I suggest a topic or theme?

After the eConference, a survey is sent out to all participants asking for suggestions for a topic for the following year. If you would like to suggest a topic, please email econference@bbi.catholic.edu.au.


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