Magazine article Talent Development

The Real World

Magazine article Talent Development

The Real World

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

By Darlene Christopher

AMACOM, 224 pp., $39.95

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In The Successful Virtual Classroom, Darlene Christopher provides a refreshing look at the art of virtual training and facilitation. Her writing and style of presentation is unmarred by technical jargon or abstract concepts, which provides a welcome break from rigorous academic content.

Often, writers fail to address how theoretical concepts and best practices can be applied in real-world settings. Christopher provides step-by-step instructions and proven tools to assist practitioners in successfully creating and delivering learning in virtual environments. Overall, The Successful Virtual Classroom is written in an approachable, conversational, and easy-to-read manner, with a well-designed and consistent layout.

The book begins with a clear, concise statement of purpose, and then eases the reader into the framework to follow. Throughout the book, practitioners will find the many tips, checklists, real-world examples, expert perspectives, and activities for continued learning to be helpful in real-world application. The book can be easily read in sequential order, which presents a logical flow of material for anyone just getting into virtual facilitation. However, key concepts are broken down into chapters that can be read in a stand-alone fashion by a reader who may wish to skip around. …

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