It is a good idea to do a practice before the event so participants know what to expect.
If you don’t have an account with Fourwaves, you can learn more about our virtual poster session solution on this page.
Create a practice session in your schedule
Go to your schedule.
Create a session on the day you want to do the practice. It can be before your official event dates. You can call it Poster session practice, for example.
Assign a room to the session with Virtual poster session under Live stream (see this article).
Assign posters to this session.
During the time of this session, participants will be able to start video conversations in front of poster through the virtual poster hall.
Let your participants know about the practice
Invite participants to the practice session by sending an email via Fourwaves. Share them any relevant information about the goal of the practice.
Practice the different steps
The goal is for them to be able to simulate what will happen on the day of the event. Here are the steps to show them:
Invite participants to log in to the event with the email address used during registration. They can reset their password if needed. If that doesn't work, make sure the email address they're using is on the registration list.
Show them where the poster hall is and explain the search bar and filters.
On a poster show them the button to start a conversation.
They will be able to ensure their camera and microphone are working properly (see section below if a problem arises).
Mac users who want to share their screen may need to give their browser permission to share the screen (see this article).
If a participant encounters a problem during practice
This is the reason you are doing the practice!
Before the practice session, make sure the organizers have reviewed this troubleshooting guide which lists potential problems and solutions.
Participants can resolve problems quickly with one of the following solutions:
Using a compatible browser, such as Chrome. Make sure it is up to date!
By refreshing the page or restarting the browser.
By closing another application (such as Zoom) that is using the camera or microphone.
If you can't find the solution, ask the participant to run the test on this page.
Once the test is finished (~1 minute), it will tell if there's a particular problem.
If you still can't find it ask the participant to click on Save this data as simple text and send the results to firstname.lastname@example.org with the participant email so we can follow up.
Want to do a practice session only for organizers?
You can do a practice session only with the organizing committee. The only thing to do is to make sure at least one organizer has a submission and test the video conversation using this submission.