General Presenter Information

General audience information

A majority of the Spotlight  audience will work for corporations, but there will also be eLearning professionals from academic, government, and other organizations. Most attendees will be from North America; however, because the Guild is a global community, attendees can attend from anywhere in the world that has Internet access.

All sessions are recorded and archived. Thousands of Guild members have access to these recordings, so the potential audience for your session is much, much greater than the number you will present to on the day of your session.

The Guild audience members tend to be experienced eLearning/training professionals who design, develop, and manage eLearning in their organizations. Expect fewer than 20% to be “newbies” to eLearning (less than one year of experience). We suggest you poll the audience at the start of your session to see their experience/knowledge level with your session topic.

Sessions should address the practical application along with concepts. You should show lots of examples to illustrate your points.

Event structure

  • One-day, synchronous online event composed of four sessions.
  • Each event focuses on a main topic.
  • Each event session addresses a specific aspect of the topic.
  • Each session is 60 minutes long, with about 50 minutes of your content and 10 minutes of intro and closing.
  • Sessions are viewed by all registered participants, either during the event or through recordings after the event.
  • All times are listed in Pacific Time (PT).
  • In addition to engaging participants throughout your session, allow 5 – 10 minutes of question-and-answer time at the end. Participants can type questions in the Chat pod.
Day 1 - Wednesday
Start time End time Description
7:45 AM*
Session 101 presenter login
8:00 AM
Participant login
8:15 AM 8:30 AM Overall event introduction by Session 101 host
8:30 AM 9:30 AM Session 101
9:30 AM*   Session 201 presenter login
9:30 AM 10:00 AM Participant break
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Session 201
11:00 AM*
Session 301 presenter login
11:00 AM 11:30 AM Participant break
11:30 AM 12:30 PM Session 301
12:30 PM*
Session 401 presenter login
12:30 PM 1:00 PM Participant break
1:00 PM 2:00 PM Session 401

* Depending on your circumstances, your coach/host might ask you to log in earlier.

Presenter technical requirements

  • As a presenter, you must provide your own computer and connection to the Internet via a high-speed connection. PLEASE, no wireless connections! Your computer must meet Adobe Connect System Requirements. Also, check your connectivity by running the Adobe Connect Diagnostic Test.
  • If application sharing, your upstream speed should be at least 350K consistently.
  • Adobe Connect uses Voice over IP (VoIP). You must have a computer headset with microphone to present the session. DO NOT use built-in microphones, especially on laptop computers.
  • Participants CANNOT contribute verbally during sessions. They can ONLY type in the Chat pod; respond to polls; or show Thumbs up, Thumbs down, and other statuses. Participants will hear you through their computer speakers or headsets.

Support for your session

  • The Guild assigns a “coach/host” to each session to assist with session/presenter preparation before the event and to provide live support during the event.
  • The Guild offers a PowerPoint template for your session. We do not require that you use this template; we just provide it for your convenience.
  • The coach/host will work with you before the event to:
    • Familiarize you with the Adobe Connect system basics
    • Help determine what features of Adobe Connect you can best use to support your session content (use of polls, application sharing, and so on)
    • Set up polls and other activities so you can focus on the session content and the participants
    • Coach you as requested on online presentation skills and content
  • The coach/host supports you on the day of the event by:
    • Introducing you at the start of your session
    • Running the polls, advanced features, and so as rehearsed with you
    • Troubleshooting any presenter or participant technical issues
    • Monitoring participant chat/questions and forwarding those to you as needed/agreed upon
    • Conducting an end-of-session poll/evaluation and closing out the session

The following Guild staff may be in contact with you over the coming weeks:

One of the following online presenter coach/hosts will send you an email with initial information. He or she will work with you on your presentation and to get you comfortable in your initial preparation sessions using the online synchronous environment. Please schedule time with your coach to begin your preparation.

You might also hear from:

  • Karyn Gleeson,, 707.566.8990 x355 (Central Time), who manages the coach/hosts and coordinates all the behind-the-scenes aspects of your session as well as manages the event overall.  Karyn also provides presenter, technical and administrative support for the Spotlights. Please contact Karyn if have any questions or concerns about any aspect of your participation in the event.