Virtual Classroom Design

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →

‘Mise en Place’ for the Virtual Classroom Facilitator

December 11, 2012

Foodies and chefs will recognize the French phrase, mise en place  (pronounced MEEZ ahn plahs), which translates to “put in  place.”  In the world of cooking it means having all your ingredients prepared and ready to go before you start cooking.  It’s tempting to jump right in and turn on the stove as soon as […]

Read the full article →

Icebreakers for the Live Virtual Classroom

May 1, 2012

Most trainers understand the importance of beginning a training session with an icebreaker to get participants warmed up and ready to learn. Icebreakers in the virtual classroom serve an important dual purpose of not only warming up participants, but also getting participants comfortable with the interactive tools in the classroom. Icebreakers in the virtual classroom […]

Read the full article →

To Record or Not to Record in the Virtual Classroom

August 31, 2011

Has this ever happened to you:  you announce a training session that will be delivered in a live virtual classroom and someone who would like to attend but cannot asks if he or she can get access to the recording.  Recording virtual classroom training is usually just a matter of learning how to set up […]

Read the full article →

Ten Ideas for Exercises in the Virtual Classroom

July 27, 2011

If you have either attended or facilitated training in a virtual classroom you know that maintaining a high level of interactivity is key to keeping participants engaged.  Here are ten ideas for exercises to try in your next virtual classroom session: 1. Discuss a picture Display a picture that illustrates a concept you are teaching.  Ask […]

Read the full article →

How to Enhance Your Images in PowerPoint for a Web Conference

January 24, 2011

Last post I wrote about fundamental concepts regarding using PowerPoint slides in a web conference.  This post covers ideas to enhance images to make your images and slides look professional.  Note that these tips are written for PowerPoint 2007.  For those who are visual, I recorded a 3-minute ScreenR demo of these tips. 1. Outline […]

Read the full article →

Creating Great Slides for Web Conferences

January 13, 2011

Whether you are facilitating a web conference for a sales event, virtual classroom training or a knowledge sharing event, you will need  PowerPoint slides to support your content. You don’t need to be an expert in PowerPoint to put together a good slide deck, but when developing your slides, keep these two concepts in mind: […]

Read the full article →