Community Plus supports several Session styles, allowing for a range of audience and presenter experiences. Session styles available in Community include:

Live Stream - a Session delivered via a Live Stream. For this type of Session, the presenter(s) are located in a studio or presenting via video conferencing tools like WebEx or Zoom meeting set up with live-streaming capabilities, and they offer their content in real-time. Audience members can view the Session Canvas and watch the Live Stream, as well as participate in any other activities such as Live Q&A.

Benefits of Live Stream include providing a real-time experience to the audience. Interactions like polls, live Q/A sessions to engage the audience are possible with Live Stream, presenters get to connect with the audience and share their content more effectively. The audience can feel inclusive and exclusive at the same time.

Simulated Live Stream - rather than streaming a Session in real-time, a Simulated Live Stream can be set up so that from the audience's perspective, the Session appears to be live-streamed (when in reality, it is pre-recorded and streamed to the Session Canvas when the audience member loads that Canvas).

Benefits of this method include being able to edit the video before delivering it and avoiding speaker availability constraints. This style of Session is not typically used with Live Q&A - however, this can be achieved with a Live Stream scheduled directly after a Simulated Live Stream Session.

Video on Demand (VOD) - a pre-recorded Session, which is made available to the user to watch, pause, and navigates within their time-frame. The VOD can also be used to deliver previously-hosted Live Stream Sessions or Simulated Live Stream Sessions. So if your audience missed the initial Session, they can revisit the content at a later time and consume it at their own pace.

Benefits of this Session type include the ability for an audience member to consume content at their own pace, and at any time they choose to do so. However, by nature this Session style doesn't support Live Q&A (as the panel answering the questions is not available on-demand like the video content is) - Q&A is better facilitated via a Lead Capture Block.

The difference in Live Stream, Simulated live Stream, and Video on Demand are shown below in the tabular form

Features

Live Stream

Simulated live Stream

Video On Demand

Pre-recorded content

No

Yes

Yes

An attendee who is late to the session can watch earlier content missed

No

No

Yes

Autoplay when the user land on the page

No

No

No

Play button displayed

Yes

No

Yes

Pause button displayed

No

No

Yes

Stop button displayed

Yes

Yes

No

Rewind/ Forward (referred to as seek)

No

No

Yes

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