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Multi-Platform Options: Small Group Gatherings Keeping Connected

Part of Multi-Platform Resources: A Guidebook

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Small group gatherings--including meetings and breakout rooms--need to be radically inclusive when people are meeting in person and online at the same time. Here are some considerations.

(This resource is “in beta.” We hope it helps you think about the array of multi-platform options and their nuances. We will add specifics as we learn more.)

What to Consider for Small Groups

Covenant Groups, Religious Education, Committee/Team Meetings, Etc

Four or Fewer in-Person With Online Participants

  • Excellent internet bandwidth

  • Laptop on a table where camera can “see” everyone in room

  • Good lighting

Online Participants

  • No background noise

  • Avoid cross-talking (causes garbled sound)
  • Intentional inclusion of online participants (e.g. using circle processes)

In-person Participants

  • Laptop with screen large enough to see online participants

5-12 in-Person With Online Participants

  • Excellent internet bandwidth

  • Laptop with a conference-style webcam

  • Conference microphone/speaker

  • Good lighting

Online Participants

  • No background noise

  • Avoid cross-talking (causes garbled sound)
  • Intentional inclusion of online participants (e.g. using circle processes)

In-person Participants

  • Laptop with Large TV or screen/projector, appropriate to room size

  • Conference microphone/speaker

Outdoor Meeting: 4 or Fewer In-Person with Online Participants

  • Excellent internet bandwidth

  • Phone or tablet with unlimited data

  • Tripod/stand where phone/tablet camera can “see” everyone present

  • Bluetooth speaker/microphone with foam/fur mic cover to reduce wind noise

Online Participants:

  • No background noise

  • Avoid cross-talking (causes garbled sound)
  • Intentional inclusion of online participants (e.g. using circle processes)

In-person Participants:

  • Phone or tablet with unlimited data on a tripod/stand where sunlight doesn’t impact screen

  • Bluetooth speaker/microphone