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Just like a good movie or event, there’s a lot that goes on “behind the scenes” to pull off a successful virtual classroom session. The preparation and actions of the producer are key to the session’s success. I’ll reveal some of these behind the scenes actions by addressing the typical questions asked about producers and their role in the virtual classroom.
In a typical training course, learners spend significant amounts of time completing skill-based activities and exercises. During those exercises, or upon completion of them, each learner should receive feedback on their performance. In a traditional instructor-led course, the feedback process is fairly straight-forward. In virtual training, however, the process of giving and receiving quality feedback might pose a few challenges.
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I’ve been teaching in the virtual classroom for about two years now and teaching in the traditional classroom about twenty years. When designing and delivering training, you gain a solid understanding of human behavior, specifically group dynamics. In the traditional classroom, people progress through the four stages of group dynamics rather quickly. They start to form, storm, norm, and perform quite well provided the instructor has created a positive learning environment and conducted certain activities at the right times for the group. People also pass through the four stages of group formation in a virtual classroom. They may not be physically together in the same room but they are together as a group. The instructor needs to conduct introductions, icebreakers, and early participatory activities to facilitate the group bonding process in the virtual classroom.
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What do you do when your organization expands the training department to meet the increased training needs of a growing company? Most commonly, the first step is to bring in new employees. Often these new trainers do not have significant experience.
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There are many articles and blogs about how to handle difficult learners in the traditional classroom environment. In fact, I recently posted a blog related to this topic, comparing situations in a traditional classroom to those in a virtual classroom.
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I deliver training in both virtual classrooms and traditional classrooms and have noticed many differences. Each learning environment creates its own unique behaviors among the participants.
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Let’s face it, the virtual classroom is a necessary reality at this point, and I completely understand why. There are so many advantages to conducting training in the virtual classroom: saving money for the company, training that takes less time, and reaching learners regardless of distance. Virtual classroom is truly the answer to some of the most common constraints we come across in traditional instructor-led training.
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More and more organizations are making telework options available to their employees. According to a 2017 survey conducted by GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, 3.7 million employees in the United States now work from home at least half the time. Studies also show that teleworking opportunities are increasing in other countries around the globe.
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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.