Add the option for Teams live event attendees to share audio
Teams live events need an option for attendees to share audio input. This could be a check box that the Producer checks when setting up the event, or another event group role called "Attendee + Audio."
In our environment, we host a lot of training events. The curated nature and production quality of Teams live events makes it a better solution for these types of trainings than Meetings.
In order to better engage with an adult audience, we develop our training sessions to include a variety of activities that adhere to adult learning principles. In order to fully partipate, attendees need to be able to unmute themselves to ask and answer questions.
Agree, the ability to take Q&A over audio is an important addition (controlled by a modorator of course). eg. using Teams Live Event for publishing Company results to the Press and Shareholders. In the old face to face event a CEO could take questions from the auditorium and people that used the phone-in option. This was controled by modorators with mics in the auditorium with phone-in callers pressing 1 to ask a question and a phone modorator managing the mute for these individual phone lines. If Teams wants to be a real contender as a true fully corporate solution it needs to have features that match what we could do on legacy phone systems and on AV solutions to truely replace and virtulise these types of events.
Hope Reid commented
I agree! If an attendee could somehow 'raise their hand' to be unmuted by the producer/presenter, that would be such a great feature. It would prevent large groups from unmuting and talking over each other and help 'Live Events' be more interactive and be used for a wider scope of meetings. The producer/presentation mode and the Q&A feature offered in 'Live Events' are perfectly suited for large education lessons or trainings... much easier to use than Teams Meetings for things like that...
Apparently Zoom has this feature in live event/webinar without the 20sec delay. Would definitely use this option more if the participants could talk rather than type in the Q&A box.
It would be helpful to have the option to open the floor for questions to attendees at a certain point during the meeting and allow questions via audio and the Q&A panel. Very helpful for those that are in audio only mode because of bandwidth or other limitations (such as the data plan on the phone being out of data in rural areas)
I'm not sure why the delay is an issue.... presenters can call in via phone and the slides and the voice are tied together.
(3/18/21 Update): I think this could work via the "Raise hand" feature, if implemented in a Teams Live Event. The producer could turn on an attendee's microphone remotely, allow their feedback, then mute them again, returning focus to the Live Event. I'm not at all opposed to this idea anymore.
(7/28/20): Terrible idea. One of the reasons Teams Live Events exists is for control of shared content / microphone / camera, much like you would see at a live event in a hotel conference room. You wouldn't just stand up in the middle of that meeting and start talking, would you??
Valon Kolica commented
Great initiative @Allison!
It would be great to resolve the streaming delay, and enable the audio option for attendees. This would also help the audience with accessibility needs.
Paul Ahern commented
Surely this is something that can be implementated even with the 20 second delay. Voice audio is synced to a presentator slide however if that slide is playing video that should sync and be played as well.
Kevin Lutz commented
This is not possible as a Live Event is streamed with a 30 second or so delay. A Teams or Skype meeting has a live real-time connection so audio with all participants is possible.