I've just discovered (belatedly) GoToMeeting.com and other applications like it, and I'm pretty excited. GoToMeeting.com allows you to see my screen and call in so you can hear me. From what I can tell, it also lets me give up screen control to students and lets me see what's on your screen.
It looks like a great, simple, convenient way for me to do online instructor-led training.
It only runs on Windows, but I hope that Linux users will compromise and be able to use a Windows computer for training.
Soon, I plan to use GoToMeeting.com to give online training, as well as occasional free seminars. I'll need to do some thinking and see how initial classes go, but it looks like I could do any of the following:
- periodic free seminars
- training at a reasonable price for any individuals who want to sign up, with a minimum number of students for a class to run
- training for an organization: just like my normal onsite training, but without travel expenses
- Short one-on-one tutoring or document trouble-shooting sessions.
The training would probably be no more than 2 hours at a time, though I could chain several together over a period of days or weeks to teach larger topics.
But the key question is: what topics do you want? Basics, specific tricks, configuration, styles and templates, databases, calc printing, creating org charts, converting problem documents -- ?? I'll take lots and lots of suggestions!
Also, when would you want training? During work hours, evenings, weekends?
Let me know!