vIMC Key Terms

This is a general list of key words and their meanings which may help you to navigate vIMC more successfully.

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vIMC App

Created by our registration management system, the vIMC app allows you to access sessions and all parts of the vIMC programme, including the exhibitions and events.


When you register for the vIMC, you will be sent an email which will contain your login details. These details can be used to access your account on the vIMC app. Your email is your Username and your unique registration Reference Number is your password.

Digital / Virtual Session Room

A virtual session room is the term used to describe the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra “rooms” where people will give their papers. All the vIMC sessions will take place in these virtual session rooms. Fringe events which are organised by vIMC delegates however, may be hosted on an alternative platform and you should contact the organiser of the fringe event at your earliest opportunity in case you have any queries about how to access the platform they are using.

Pre-Recorded Paper

We understand that technical difficulties beyond our control may cause an issue for IMC presenters. Therefore, if you wish to pre-record your talk, you will need to record yourself (and any slides/visual aids which you may use) with a digital software of your choice (e.g. Blackboard, Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams), and upload the file and share the link with your session moderator and with Please be aware, as stated in the confirmation email, that we have limited technical resources to support the pre-recording of papers and that delegates elect to do so at their own risk and must take full responsibility for the production of the recording, and ensuring that it is shared with the moderator to play during your session.


To take part in the vIMC, you will need to have registered as a delegate to access any of the content for vIMC. This can be done online at:

App Store (Google Play Store / iOS AppStore)

An App Store allows you to download apps onto your phone, tablet, desktop, or laptop. The three main App Stores are the Apple AppStore (on all Apple devices), the Google Play Store (on all android and Google devices) and the Microsoft Store (on all newer Microsoft devices and those with Windows 10).

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a computer program that allows you to create and show slides to support a presentation. You can combine text, graphics and multi-media content to create presentations. During the vIMC, speakers may wish to create a Powerpoint to support their papers. For a how to guide please see the Microsoft support page.


YouTube is a free video sharing website that makes videos accessible online. With a google account or free profile, you can create and upload your own videos to share with others. If you have chosen to pre-record your presentation, you may wish to upload your video to YouTube for your session’s participants to view there. If you choose to do this, please contact the IMC administration with a link to your video. Here’s a brief upload guide from Google.


Twitter is a microblogging and social networking website on which users post and interact with messages known as “Tweets”. Registered users can ‘post’, ‘like’, and ‘retweet’ Tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. If you wish to Tweet about the proceedings of a particular panel of the vIMC, please ensure you have the permission of the moderator and speakers. Visit the IMC Twitter account.


OneDrive is a cloud storage service from Microsoft that allows you to store all your important files securely in one place and then access them anywhere, on any device, virtually. It works just like a traditional hard drive, but it’s on the internet, meaning that you don’t need a physical object to store your work.

WiFi / Ethernet (Wired Connection)

Wi-Fi is the name of a wireless networking technology that provides wireless Internet and network connections on your computer. If your wireless connection is slow, you may wish to use a Ethernet/ Wired Connection. Most wired networks use Ethernet cables to connect your computer directly to your internet router which can give a more stable connection.