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How effectively does web conferencing work for you?

16 September 2013

Do you use web conferencing regularly? Are you based in the UK? Please help a Cambridge University research project by sharing your view of the effectiveness of the technology. Do you have 10 or 15 minutes you could spare to help this research project? We need 100 regular users of conferencing technology to share their assessment of the experience.

There is a short online survey at:

It should take around 10 to 15 minutes to complete. We can't offer payment, but the research team will donate £1,000 to a children's charity as soon as they have 100 responses. And you can opt to receive a free copy of the findings if you're interested.

There's more information on the project and its bona fides below.

Survey title:
The productivity & effectiveness of distributed meetings

This survey is part of a larger academic project investigating the effectiveness of team meetings where one or more of the participants are remote from the others (distributed meetings). In particular, it will examine the effect of conferencing technology and management tactics in distributed meetings.

What is the purpose of the study?
To devise recommendations for helping all types of organisations to improve the productivity and efficiency of their distributed meetings, and project management across teams as a whole. The findings will be published in a report with recommendations in October 2013 for the benefit of companies and individuals participating in distributed meetings.

Who is organising and funding the study?
The Cambridge Engineering Design Centre in collaboration with BT.

What will happen to me if I take part?
You will be asked to fill out an online survey, taking 10-15 minutes, which will ask questions about your experience and opinions about distributed meetings. In particular, you will be asked for your opinion on the technological interventions and management tactics that have been used in the distributed meetings you have attended.

What incentive will I get for taking part in this survey?
When 100 survey responses will be reached, the research team will donate £1,000 to a children's charity. Responses will be anonymised and stored in a secure place.

What will happen to the study results?
They anonymised results will be published in the form of a public report at the end of October 2013.

What if there is a problem?
If you have a concern about any aspect of this study, you should ask to speak to the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre researchers who will do their best to answer your questions (please contact us on edc-meetings@cam.ac.uk or 01223-748245).

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