Darlene Christopher

15 Tips on Webinar Content, Facilitation and Logistics

August 23, 2016

At the Learning Technology Design Conference in Arlington, VA, I had the opportunity to present a session on, Webinar Mastery: Five Keys to Success, to a knowledgeable audience, many of whom design and develop webinars for professional associations headquartered in the DC area. At the end of my presentation I asked this savvy group to […]

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Ten Slides to Organize Your Virtual Learning

October 1, 2015

I am excited to be a contributing author to the new book, 101 Ways to Make Learning Active Beyond the Classroom. The book includes activities for social learning, mLearning, blended learning, virtual classroom learning, learning on a team, mentoring, peer-to-peer coaching, informal learning, and learning beyond the workplace. Here’s an example of a tip list […]

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5 Habits of Highly Effective Virtual Classroom Facilitators

May 18, 2015

The demand for training delivered via live virtual classroom continues to grow. How can facilitators ensure this type of distance learning is effective and get learners eager for more? Here are five things you can do to become a better live virtual classroom facilitator: 1. Master Your Virtual Classroom Application In order to develop interactive […]

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Virtual Chocolate in the Virtual Classroom

January 14, 2015

It’s that time of year when New Year’s resolutions are in full swing, and resolving to eat better is often high on the list. Chocolate is a weakness for many and for me, baked chocolate goods cause me to leave that New Year’s resolution in the dust. However, one way to make that resolution stick […]

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Five Things You Can Do To Become a Better Live Virtual Classroom Facilitator

October 25, 2014

Looking for ideas to improve your virtual classroom facilitation skills? I recently published a guest blog on the AMACOM Books Blog on “Five Things You Can Do to Become a Better Live Virtual Classroom Facilitator.” It contains ideas you can put into action for your next virtual classroom session.  

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Essential Reading for Virtual Classroom Training

September 8, 2014

I recently finished writing my book, The Successful Virtual Classroom, and in the course of researching the book I drew upon many resources. Below are some of the books I recommend if you are interested in learning more about virtual classroom training, or building skills in a specific area. Presentation Skills: If you want to learn […]

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6 Questions You Should Ask Before Designing Virtual Classroom Training

July 31, 2014

Often when someone comes to me with questions about how they should design content and interactivity for training delivered in the live virtual classroom, my answer is “it depends.” Much to their disappointment, there is no simple response.  There are, however, several key factors that influence how participants will engage with your content, your facilitators […]

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Seven Tips to Make the Most of the 2014 ASTD Conference & Exposition

May 2, 2014

The ASTD International Conference and Exposition starts in a couple of days in Washington DC.  I was chatting with a few people who haven’t attended the conference before, and since I’ve been to this conference many times I wanted to share advice on how to make the most of your time: 1.       Pace Yourself The conference is […]

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The Global Virtual Classroom: ASTD Handbook

April 27, 2014

In an increasingly global business environment, many organizations are turning to virtual classrooms to bring individuals and teams together to deliver learning programs. A workplace learning professional who can advise their business stakeholders and/or clients how to manage this growing area can be a tremendous asset to their organization. Trainers who are used to the […]

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The Mobile Virtual Learner

April 4, 2014

While travelling in Asia last week, I met a Canadian guy who works for a high tech company and monitors classified ads posting.  Because the company provides 24-hour monitoring of ads, and his typical shift in Canada was overnight (8pm-4am) he decided to travel and live in Viet Nam  for four months where he could […]

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