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How to Design Successful Virtual Classroom Training

Posted by Dawn Lang on 6/4/18 8:00 AM

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Many organizations say they are using virtual training or are planning to implement it. However, there’s more to virtual training than simply repurposing PowerPoint slides in a virtual classroom platform. With so many organizations moving to online training, it’s important to adhere to quality instructional design principles. When the design is solid and interactive, virtual classroom training can be an effective way to learn.

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Tags: virtual classroom, instructional design

6 Benefits of Having a Producer in your Virtual Classroom Training

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 1/23/17 8:00 AM

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Everything seems to be virtual these days. Banking, buying goods and services, face-to-face communication, and of course, even online learning. Most of the time, we can accomplish our online activities easily on our own; however, when you deliver synchronous/virtual classroom training for your organization we highly recommend using a producer.

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Tags: virtual trainer, virtual classroom

5 Tips for Co-Teaching with a Virtual Classroom Producer

Posted by Marsha Weisleder on 11/28/16 8:00 AM

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A lot goes into creating a smooth and interactive virtual learning environment for your learners. The general rule for virtual training is learners should be asked to do something every 3-5 minutes. For example, this could mean they participate in a chat exercise, answer a question or poll, take a quiz, work in a breakout group, or annotate the slide.

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Tags: virtual trainer, virtual classroom

5 Items Instructors Should Watch and Listen For

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 3/7/16 3:00 AM

As I sit here in front of my computer, I am looking at my screensaver picture of a beautiful snowy owl in flight. I love owls! Owls, like all birds of prey, have keen eyesight that is necessary to spot the small rodents they depend on for meals. Birds are lucky—they can fly high above the earth and have an aerial view of the expansive terrain below them. Wouldn’t it be nice to have that ability as humans?

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Tags: facilitation skills, virtual classroom, instructor-led training

5 Virtual Classroom Design Constraints

Posted by Melissa Grey Satterfield on 11/30/15 3:00 AM

If you’ve ever attended Langevin’s Instructional Design for New Designers workshop, you know that early on in the design cycle we cover project planning. At this stage in the process, we’re looking to identify potential design constraints and determine the timing parameters for our proposed design project.

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Tags: virtual classroom, instructional design

6 Ways to Use an Agenda in Training

Posted by Alan Magnan on 10/19/15 4:00 AM

“Agenda” is a Latin word meaning “things to be done.” Every training session should include one. It is an invaluable tool that can help start, manage, and end a course. Here are six ways to get the most out of your training agendas:

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Tags: instructional techniques, virtual classroom

4 Strategies for Coping with Challenging Participants in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Melissa Grey Satterfield on 4/6/15 4:00 AM

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How to cope with challenging participants is certainly not a new topic. In fact, you’ll find numerous blog articles written by my colleagues (and myself, for that matter) on handling challenging situations in a traditional classroom setting. But what about dealing with difficult learners in a live, online, synchronous environment or virtual classroom? How you respond to a challenging behavior can make the difference between a healthy, collaborative learning experience and an awkward, uncomfortable session everyone wants to escape. While many of the coping strategies are the same for instructor-led training and virtual classroom training, there are some subtle differences.

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Tags: virtual trainer, virtual classroom

Whiteboards in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Melissa Grey Satterfield on 3/9/15 4:00 AM

If you’ve ever attended one of Langevin’s virtual classroom workshops, Learning in the Virtual Classroom, and/or The Virtual Trainer, you’ve been exposed to a virtual whiteboard (a.k.a. a PowerPoint slide you can annotate). Most synchronous software programs have them. They function in the same way a flipchart does in a traditional classroom setting, allowing everyone to contribute. The most common use of a virtual whiteboard is to record ideas during a discussion, but the possibilities don’t end there!

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Tags: virtual trainer, virtual classroom

3 Tips to Make the Virtual Classroom More Interactive

Posted by Langevin Team on 1/5/15 3:00 AM

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Historically, participating in the virtual classroom has been a lot like watching TV. There was little or no interaction. You would just stare at the screen and hope something would sink in. However, as we bring more technology into the picture, we can't even focus on staring at the screen because we're distracted by work deadlines, social media, and so many other things. When that happens in the virtual classroom, learning even the most basic of tasks becomes quite a challenge.

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Tags: virtual trainer, virtual classroom

4 Ways to Use Polling in Virtual Classroom Training

Posted by Alan Magnan on 12/8/14 3:00 AM

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After reviewing many virtual classroom sessions, I’ve noticed that polls are one of the most underused features available. They’re mostly used as a kind of “check-in” feature, asking learners if objectives were met, or if the pace is okay. Here are four other ways you can use the polling feature to liven up your virtual classroom training.

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Tags: virtual trainer, virtual classroom

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