online facilitation

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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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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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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Online Facilitator Fitness

February 24, 2012

I’m training for the Knoxville Marathon which means working out has become part of my weekly routine.  It sounds strange, but as I’ve been training for the marathon, I’ve noticed some similarities with preparing for online facilitation and it got me thinking about a regimen for online facilitator fitness.  Be 100% prepared for the day […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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What Online Facilitators Can Learn From Rock Stars

June 10, 2011

Yesterday I had an interesting conversation with a friend whose kids are Canadian rock stars in the band, The Trews, currently on tour with Kid Rock.  He mentioned that their performances have improved remarkably while touring.  When I asked what they attribute their improvement to he mentioned that Kid Rock, a music perfectionist, suggested that […]

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Recipe for Success in a Web Conference

November 1, 2010

What does it take to put together a successful web conference where participants and facilitators exchange valuable knowledge, are energized and hungry for more? Whether you are using web conferencing to deliver training, hold a meeting, host a knowledge sharing session or other event, there are three ingredients to consider for a successful event: One […]

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Using Your “Peripherals” When You Facilitate a Web Conference

February 19, 2010

In one scene in the movie The 40-Year Old Virgin, Jay (Romany Malco) gives advice to Andy (Steve Carell) about spotting women in a bar.He starts by explaining that you have to “use your peripherals” by looking straight ahead, yet observing what is going on all around.He describes this subtle, yet important technique that allows […]

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How to Gather Participant Feedback in a Web Conference

February 10, 2010

Gathering evaluation feedback from participants in a web conference can be easily done through an online evaluation conducted at the conclusion of your training. The importance of soliciting feedback and making adjustments cannot be understated: since we cannot see our participants, their evaluation of the training is critical. Just as in a physical classroom, it’s […]

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