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There are two types of hybrid defences. They both require the same information, but audience management makes the second type more complex.
1) The traditional type of hybrid defence is when the external examiner and up to one committee member connect via videoconference (Zoom). This is less complex for the department and defence Chair to facilitate.
2) The new type of hybrid defence is when the committee and audience are split between an in-person space and videoconference (Zoom). This is more complex for the department and defence Chair to facilitate. There tend to be issues with the online audience not being able to hear questions being asked, and audience management (the waiting room and chat) is something the Chair should be comfortable dealing with throughout the entire defence.
If you are requesting a hybrid defence, this must be made clear from the first email regarding your defence booking. Note that even if we receive all required information in a timely manner, we still may not be able to book the space, equipment, or people required to facilitate a hybrid defence. In that case, it will revert to being zoom only.
Students are always welcome to book space on campus for an online defence if they are concerned about their home internet. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book the Small Meeting Room or TA Office.
Our first option will always be to book the Library Thesis Room (LIB 2020) for a hybrid defence, as the library has the technology and staff available to fully facilitate the defence.