kind of computer will I need to participate?
You will need a PC and a system that allows for email and web browsing. We believe you
already have that capability. However, the more powerful your system, the
better, especially for web-based activities that involve graphics. You
will also need a computer that allows you to access audio segments. In
addition, you will need a Java enabled web browser to participate in our
chats. Additional software requirements can be found here. Consult with your local computer support staff if you aren't sure
about the requirements. Technical support questions can be sent to email@example.com
What specifically do I need?
fully participate in the conference you will need
the latest version of Netscape or Internet Explorer.
To hear the PowerPoint presentations, which contain
audio, you will also need computer speakers. Make
sure they have been turned on and your volume is
set to an appropriate level.
You also need Java, Macromedia Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat and Internet Explorer. Presenters are required to submit a PowerPoint Presentation with audio. That means you need a microphone to record your voice to accompany the PowerPoint slides. In addition to this, you may also wish to submit a paper (which is optional). Please check the Presenter's Guide for further details.
Why have a "virtual" conference
instead of a "real" one?
Virtual conferences will become a viable
alternative to their traditional, face-to-face
conferences in the coming years, and
this conference is helping to establish
this trend. Participants will gain
valuable information and will also
develop skills required to participate
in and get the most out of virtual
conferences. It allows faculty around
the world to gain access to experts
and colleagues and dialog about the
latest issues in second and foreign
language education and research.
Is something wrong with your server?
Sometimes I get in right away. Sometimes it
won't let me in.
There are times when the traffic to specific sites is increased. This will
produce an error message that says, “a connection failure has occurred”. Please
be patient and return to the site after a few minutes.
I can't hear the audio segments of the presentation. What do I need to do?
Please check the Conference Timetable for the title of this specific presentation to make sure it is accompanied by audio. If it is, click "Refresh" on your screen. Often this is the problem. Sometimes doing this reloads the presentation and you will then be able to hear it. Also make sure that your speakers are on and the volume has been turned up.
My computer loads the conference pages
This might not have anything to do with
the conference website. It could be that your
Internet connection is slow, that you are running
an earlier version of a web browser, or that
you have low memory on your machine. Download
a more recent version of your browser.
For technical support before or during the conference,
If you have any other questions, consult our
FAQ section or email us.