virtual facilitation

Five Monsters That May Visit Your Virtual Classroom

October 31, 2011

It’s Halloween and a spookier day than normal with monsters out and about. Are there monsters lurking in your virtual classroom?  If so, here are a few ideas on how to handle them: Wireless Goblin: This monster likes to appear right as you are about to start your virtual classroom session, especially if the instructor’s […]

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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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Producing a Large Scale Webinar

March 26, 2011

Over the last two months I had the opportunity to work with ASTD to produce four large scale webinars that were part of the TechKnowledge 2011 Virtual Conference.  Each webinar featured a presenter who had presented a session at the actual conference, and then delivered a similar session via WebEx to a virtual audience.  Since […]

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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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Virtual Classroom Facilitation Dream Team

May 27, 2009

The content and complexity of your web conference will determine the facilitation team needed. In general, you need a facilitator and a producer to carry out key tasks such as:     Facilitator Role Main speaker, subject matter expert.   Advances slides. Engages audience verbally.     Not active in chat. Comments verbally on what […]

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ASTD TechKnowledge Conference 2009

November 14, 2008

The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) holds two conferences each year. One of the conferences, ASTD TechKnowledge, will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada this year and the conference program was recently posted online. This year they are offering a track for attendees who are interested in Virtual Facilitation and Delivery. I have […]

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