Thanks for the input all. I think we have a good variety that will make for an interesting 3 hours.
For those that would like to do a short test, I would still like to set it up. I would like to do a test run of the recording process. It will also give Lynda a change to get familiar with skype and SS to brush up on his spoken English. Anyway, for those interested, I'm still up for a test run.
...However, with a little prior coordination about the sort of questions, about when is it time to move on, what to say to let the rest know that your hand is vigorously waving in the air, or, most importantly, that you are just pausing in the middle of something to find the right word and it is not time for someone else to jump in yet. If we can come up with some effective protocols/rules that work for audio, then we can moderate ourselves.
How does this sound as a basic plan:
We come up with 5 questions each and submit them to Tom. Tom can arrange them based on categories, flow, or however he sees fit.
During the event, we simply go in the order that Tom has arranged the questions. When it is time for one of your questions, you state your full question and then it is just you and Tom involved in the exchange. If somebody has a comment or related question during this exchange then they use the chat function in skye to "raise there hand."
So the flow might go something like this:
Brief introductions: Name, general location, etc.
Let's start with the first question on the list. SS had a question related to NPMR, let's start there.
Yes Tom, my question is _________________.
The exchange continues between SS and Tom. During this exchange, Lynda would like some clarification with something that Tom said, so she types, "I have a question about ____________" in the skype chat box. At the next appropriate opportunity, Tom addresses Lyda's question.
Lynda, you have a related question?
Yes, you said that ________. what did you mean by that?
(taking the next question in line): Okay, ilisity you also had a NPMR related question about _________.
Yes, my question was ____________.
Then an exchange between Tom and ilisity about the question. During that exchange, I realize that I recently had an experience that directly relates to the conversation, so I type, "related experience to share about ___________." Again, at the next appropriate opportunity, Tom addresses this.
Justin, you had a related experience that you wanted to share?
(I share the experience)
(continues on the topic of ilisity's question) Did that answer your question ilisity?
Yes, thank you.
Okay, let's move onto the next question. Lynda, you had a question related to ___________.
and so on.....
So in short, if it isn't your turn, then you have to type something in the chat box as a means of raising your hand. The only problem I see with this is that it might get distracting for Tom as he is trying to answer the questions.
Anyway, just a thought.