Web-based Conferencing: What Radiology Educators Need to Know

      Advances in technology have resulted in the significant growth of web-based conferencing and teaching. While these remote sessions have many advantages, they may result in challenges and frustration for both host and attendees when there are technological issues, poor or distracting audio, or ineffective presentation styles. Knowing a few basic concepts behind web conferencing and preparing in advance can markedly improve the experience and facilitate effective distance learning and collaboration.

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