HOW TO JOIN A WEBINAR
The SAG offers webinars to members as part of the Events Calendar
Some recorded webinars are available for purchase through the Shop, to both members and non-members.
Members can also access a selection of webinars for free through the webinar library in the Member Area – make sure you are logged in to access this resource!
What is a webinar?
A webinar is an online lecture you watch over the internet from your own computer or mobile device. You can hear the lecturer and watch their slides on your screen. You can also ask the lecturer questions.
The great advantage of webinars is that we can offer them on any day of the week and in the evenings, and you don't have to travel into the Sydney CBD to participate. We can also offer presentations from speakers who are not located in Australia. They're especially good for country members or those who find travel into the city a challenge. 'Time poor' members will also benefit as these sessions will last about an hour and can be fitted into a busy professional schedule, family commitments and all the other factors that get in the way of your genealogy!
With the exception of some DNA sessions, all of our webinars are recorded, so you can listen to them live or watch the recording later. This is great if you can't attend live at the scheduled time, or would like the opportunity to watch the webinar again. Webinar recordings are usually available for two months after the live event.
Other online events
Since the COVID 19 restrictions came into place, we have also moved our workshops and group sessions online. We use a variety of online platforms for our events, depending on the type of event and how much interactive discussion is required. Some, but not all, of these events are recorded. Recordings of events held on Zoom are available for one month only.
How to book
It’s easiest if you book events through our online booking system, but you can also book in person or by telephone if you prefer. Your confirmation email will contain information about how to join the event online. If it is a webinar, you may be required to click on a link in the email to fill in a form with Gotowebinar. This generates another link, which is unique to you and is used to join the webinar on the day.
You'll usually receive an automated reminder 3 days from us before an online event. For webinars, you may also receive further reminders 1 day and 1 hour before a webinar starts. These reminders also contain your joining links.
Click on your joining link before the scheduled starting time to enter the 'waiting room' for the event.
You do not need a subscription or account with Gotowebinar, Gotomeeting or Zoom to attend our events. The first time you join a webinar (or use a new PC) a small program will be downloaded to your computer from LogMeIn - the providers of the GoToWebinar software. This is just like downloading Adobe Acrobat or Java and will allow you to see the webinar and participate in it.
Will it work on my computer?
If you are uncertain if your PC and internet connection will allow you to participate, you can get more information from GoToWebinar here. You cannot watch a webinar if your computer has Windows Vista or XP. You can watch a webinar or Gotomeeting session on your iPad, tablet or phone but you'll need to download the free App first.
How does an online event work?
For those online events which are recorded, you can listen live at the scheduled time or watch the recording later at a time that suits you. The link to the recording is usually sent to all participants within 48 hours of the webinar taking place. You cannot download or save the recording, but you can listen to it as many times as you like for two months. Please note that some events may not be recorded. If an event is not being recorded, that information is included in the event listing.
About ten minutes before a online event starts we usually run a 'warm up' session which is a great opportunity to check your speaker volume, learn how to 'put up your hand to ask a question' and get yourself settled - ready to sit back, relax, learn and enjoy. We also use this opportunity to tell you about upcoming events.
Make sure you have your sound turned on so you can hear the presentation. If you have trouble with your sound, check your settings have the correct hardware selected. If that does not work, try logging out of an event and logging back in. For further assistance, you should check the troubleshooting pages of the online platform being used for that event.
In some online events the presenter will invite questions from the audience. If you'd like to participate in any Q&A by speaking to the presenter you will need to have a headset (preferably with a USB connection rather than audio plugs) with microphone plugged in. If you don't want to do that we'll show you how you can type your questions during the session and we'll ask them on your behalf during the Q&A.
When the online event begins you'll see whatever the presenter has on their own computer screen - this might be a Powerpoint slideshow, a live internet presentation, photographs or a specific software program. They'll be presenting this to you live - just as they would if you were physically all together in our seminar room.
In some online events we allow participants to share their webcam, but it is not essential to do so. If you do use a webcam during one of our events, we ask that you keep your microphone muted except when you are speaking as this minimises disruption to other participants.
Some presenters provide handouts for their events. Links to handouts will be sent to you in the email that contains the link to the recording. Webinar handouts can also be downloaded during the webinar.