What I have learned from a week of webinars: I am not a fan of chat. If I were to do a webinar in the future, I think the first thing I would do in disable the chat. I know that it is important to provide opportunities for participants to interact and provide feedback but not as a chat. During each webinar that I wet to, I was genuinely appalled by my classmates use of the chat. Conversation was off-topic and, it seemed, purposefully distracting from the presenters. I found it to be completely rude and avoided the chat while I was watching for that reason.
But webinars do have their place in instruction. They can bring together experts from different places to have great discussions, and I know that it is important for me to know how to run one if the need arises. Overall, I think that the presenters I watched did a great job and showcased some really great topics, and I am looking forward to the last one I will attend on Thursday.