How many people think the webinar are interrupted too frequently by Q&A

I was wondering if the course instructor can do a survey on how people think about the webinar and how much time do we need to spend on answering people's questions.

It is very important for the course to be interactive, and people's concerns and questions should be addressed. However it is also important to maintain the structure and integrity of the course content and make sure it is not disrupted too severely by answering people's questions.

I was hoping if the instructor can organize the Q&A more wisely and more selectively. Many questions may not need to be addressed immediately. Some of them are asked ahead of time, which can be postponed; some of them are too detailed or outside the scope of the course, which can be addressed privately; and sometimes people want to clear every doubts in one slide, which might be answered in later slides. For those type of questions, the instructor can choose to not answer, answer later or answer privately.

I'm wondering if anybody would agree with me. Please feel free to participate in the discussion. How do you think we should organize the webinar session in a better way.

In general I think the course has very good content, and I hope this problem won't become the only reason for me to leave this course.

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I agree. The class seems to be made up of a range of backgrounds and skill levels, though, so it makes it difficult. Perhaps the last half hour could be reserved as a "lab" period or something where people can ask their questions unrelated to the material being covered. Unfortunately some students don't realize how disruptive some of the tangential questions they ask are, so I'm not sure they would stop asking them.

I think part of the problem is also there is no syllabus or assigned reading from the text, so people are relying entirely on the lecture for their understanding rather than taking some personal initiative.


Hi David, Bin Han, I am going to pass on this feedback to the faculty. We will figure out something like questions will only be answered every 20 minutes and even then only questions relevant to the last few slides will be picked.

Caoimhin - I have moved your discussion to your relevant batch and have also mailed you clarifications.


Agree. I will better watch videos after webinar is done and skip the 'interactive part', which was so far chaotic and mostly off topic. It was no use.
What would be rather useful is to give in advance an info on what must be downloaded (and may be installed) for next webinar.


Thanks Ben for bringing out the issue we are facing . Absolutely agree. The questions answer session should be to the end of the session only, possibly the last half an hour. The instructor should clearly articulate if the subject of the question is within the scope of development session or not and if not then carry on with the rest of the session. By asking questions we are losing the primary subjects momentum and flow confusing other participants. Before uploading the video's please remove the unnecessary blocks such as silence or irrelevant questions in the current and future videos.
I have seen that not all participants have gone through the previous modules and so the questions seem to still very basic linux or hadoop questions. So its a must all prepare and come. THe instructor should take such questions post the Q&A session if possible one on one or guide them to the previous videos/documentation.


Thanks for the feedback Rajendra. Will pass it on to the faculty. Todays session will reflect all this feedback.


Very frequently due to technical issues (no sound)