Mike Clargo

Virtual Flipcharts (within the webcam)

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Free open-source tool that allows you to simply type or scribe notes & immediately see them appear in a large flipchart image on your webcam within the meeting.

Most facilitators know the power of a flipchart to draw out, capture and recognise participant input. But flipcharts are not so easy to use in the online world.

Virtual Flipcharts plug this gap and provide an easy to use tool that will be very familiar to you and your team. It even looks like a physical flipchart.

During the conversation, you type or scribe (draw) things directly into a page on Powerpoint and they appear instantly on your virtual flipchart in your webcam window. This means that they can play a part in simple 'round-virtual-table' face to face discussion without the disruption of screen sharing.

Create as many pages as you need and move between them with a scroll of your mouse.

Furthermore, the content of the virtual flipchart pages can instantly be distributed via emails to everyone at the meeting, and/or it can be send as sticky-notes to any of the other tools and techniques you might be using (for grouping, sorting, voting, display, off-line work, syndicates etc.)

    Use cases: Capture ideas in a brainstorm; Record different perspectives in a discussion; Put ideas into the parking lot; Sketch out an idea or explanation; Create simple tools (like SWOT) within it; ... basically, anything you would use a real flipchart for.


To increase participation and facilitate creativity, consensus, and ownership of the outcomes. 




    More visual and detailed instructions can be found in the following video: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/mclargo_virtualflipchart-facilitation-engagement-ugcPost-6779687756697346048-E3gt (These will be particularly useful to those who are currently unfamiliar with OBS)

    However, if you are already familiar with OBS, the instructions in outline are: 

    1. Download OBS from OBSProject.com and click to install it.

    2. Select the third option for how to configure it: virtual camera

    3. Download a Virtual Flipchart file from the attachments section (or choose from a wider selection via meeting.toolchest.org/virtual-flipcharts )

    4. Open the Virtual Flipchart file in PowerPoint, then click View > New Window

    5. In the new PowerPoint window click View > Reading view, and resize the window to be tight on the Virtual Flipchart

    6. Load your webcam and the 'Slideshow' (Reading View) window into OBS and resize them to suit. Use the visibility 'eye' symbol to check you can switch the flipchart on and off

    7. Click the button on OBS for 'Start Virtual Camera' 

    8. Start your meeting, and choose OBS Virtual Camera when you log in.

    9. When you wish to use your flipchart, switch on the eye symbol for it in OBS, and type into the Powerpoint 'Edit' window

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