The Virtual Area Group uses a Zoom video call to meet every Tuesday for an hour or more.
|There are 398 days 02hours 20 minutes since the next Virtual Area Group Meeting (10:00 BST on 12th May 2020)|
|10:00 15-Jun||The (global) Virtual Area Group 09:00UTC||Contributor: Nick Murphy on Near Field Communication (NFC, RFID)||Online Zoom Meeting|
The times vary to try and make the calls work for different time zones. We regularly welcome members from: -
Calls are recorded and made available to all members through MERG TV; presentation materials are also available.
In order to join the group you need to be a member and after logging on, you can register at this link. In the Area Groups section, select MERG Virtual Area Group from the drop down list and press the green button with the plus sign.
Allan Geekie M5173 - email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
In April 2020 we carried out a poll of VAG members and the following topics were identified as the most popular: -
Members can suggest topics at any time using the member email system.
This group now uses Zoom to conduct a group meeting from member's homes or workplaces. It was formed in October 2018 to assess the usefulness of video conferencing technology.
The calls last one hour and to participate, members need a mobile phone, tablet or a PC / Mac with a camera and microphone.
Calls are scheduled in advance and are held on each Tuesday of each month at 10:00, 12:30 or 18:30 GMT or BST. Topics are agreed in advance.
When it is time to start a call, a voice and video conference is opened up which has thumbnails of each video participant and any shared presentations or desktops. The call leader facilitates the call and the discussions and tries to get through the agenda in the agreed time. Zoom has two views available. The first is the speaker view which selects the video stream from the person speaking. The second is Gallery view which shows streams from all participants.
This page provides guidance for members on what needs be done to prepare for and join video calls.
If you would like to try out Zoom, then there is a test meeting service where you are the only participant and you can experiment with the various options available.
This link is available to anybody, not just members of the virtual area group.
Members can view the earlier VAG schedules at the Old VAG Page