The SAG offers a series of webinars as part of its Education Calendar. These are a member-only service.
What is a webinar?
A webinar is an online presentation you watch over the internet from your own home computer, tablet or mobile device.
How to join in
To participate in a webinar, you register with us just as you would for any other event - through our online Event Registration system. Where fees apply, you can book a place and ring within 7 days with your payment if you prefer not to have your credit card details processed online. If you book this way the SAG will send the webinar link to you manually by email.
It is much easier if you book and pay online - that way you'll get the webinar link sent to you straight away. Be sure to get your email address right as this is how you will receive notifications about the webinar. You'll usually receive an automated reminder 1 day and 1 hour before the webinar starts - sent to the email address you nominated.
You then click on the link in the confirmation email a few minutes before the scheduled starting time to enter the 'waiting room' for the webinar.
The first time you join webinar (or use a new PC) a small program will be downloaded to your computer from Citrix - 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 use this helpful test link (copy and paste it into your browser or right click to open the hyperlink.
From 1 April 2016 Citrix will no longer support Windows Vista or XP systems.
If you have a Mac system you will find more information here about the sytem requirements you need. Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) will not be supported from 1 April 2016. Citrix advises that updates to the latest operating system, Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) should be available from Apple for free. They suggest visiting www.apple.com/osx/how-to-upgrade for more details.
Citrix also advises that Mac users may be able to join sessions using its browser-based Instant Join feature rather than having to download the GTW desktop app. Mac users will find more information about this here
Can I watch it on a mobile device?
Yes - you can watch a webinar on your iPad, tablet or phone but you'll need to download the free App first
How does a webinar work?
You need to listen to the webinar at the scheduled time - you cannot download or record it. Sorry, but if you register for a webinar where a fee is charged and then forget to log in at the scheduled time, no refund will be given - just as would apply if you forget to turn up to a Saturday lecture you'd booked at Richmond Villa.
Make sure you have your sound turned on so you can hear the presentation. In some webinars the presenter will invite questions from the audience - if you'd like to participate in any Q&A by speaking to the presenter you'll 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 webinar begins you'll see whatever the presenter has on their own computer screen - so 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.
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. 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 should help you fit at least some family history into a busy professional schedule, family commitments and all the other factors that get in the way of your genealogy!
About ten minutes before a webinar starts we 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 webinars.
Some presenters provide handouts for their webinars. If there is one this will be available to download off the screen during the webinar and will also be sent to you as an email link about an hour after the session ends.
From February 2016 we also now make the recording of a webinar available to anyone who has registered to attend it, regardless of whether they listened live or not. Members must still register as normal and confirm their seat in the usual way. Within 24 hours of the webinar taking place they will receive an automated message which will contain the recording, and this is available for another two months and can be listened to multiple times. This will help anyone who can't attend live at the scheduled time, or who'd like the opportunity to watch the webinar again.
We look forward to seeing you in one of our webinars!