The Successful Virtual Classroom: How to Design and Facilitate Interactive and Engaging Live Online Learning

The Successful Virtual Classroom: How to Design and Facilitate Interactive and Engaging Live Online Learning

The Successful Virtual Classroom: How to Design and Facilitate Interactive and Engaging Live Online Learning

The Successful Virtual Classroom: How to Design and Facilitate Interactive and Engaging Live Online Learning

Synopsis

Virtual training gives learning professionals unprecedented flexibility, making it possible to reach participants globally and unite physically dispersed teams. But designers and facilitators must adapt their programs and delivery styles in order to be effective in this new medium. The Successful Virtual Classroom goes beyond introducing the technology, to offer trainers proven techniques tailored specifically to engage live online audiences. Packed with easy-to-use tools, checklists, and worksheets-as well as case studies from Oracle, UPS, and more-the book introduces the PREP model for planning, rehearsing, executing, and then conducting a post mortem following the training event. Readers will learn how to: Make the most of virtual classroom features such as content and screen sharing, annotation tools, polls, and breakout rooms - Weave chat responses into the discussion - Compensate for the absence of body language - Monitor feedback - Engage individuals with different learning styles - Encourage audience contribution - Meet the unique needs of global participants - And more Featuring icebreakers and interactive exercises designed for an online environment, this book helps readers create programs that truly drive learner engagement. "

Excerpt

Unlocking the mysteries of flawless
virtual training

For professional trainers seeking to develop and further enhance their expertise and confidence in delivering polished virtual-training events, the opportunities have never been greater.

Even though technology tools have grown more sophisticated, they’re only as effective as the professionals using them. Instructional designers and facilitators face rising expectations from organizations large and small, in every sector of the global economy, to bring the virtual classroom to life in highimpact ways, engaging learners with rewarding experiences.

Darlene Christopher’s The Successful Virtual Classroom guides new and experienced trainers to orchestrate high-impact virtual training. It takes a comprehensive, holistic approach, covering not only the what—features, functionality, and team roles—but also the how—design, facilitation, and global considerations. The Successful Virtual Classroom draws on different types of research, including insights gleaned from the author’s interviews with more than 20 chief learning officers and other training professionals at Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, and the U.S. military.

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