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4 Strategies for Coping with Challenging Participants in the Virtual Classroom

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



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



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

5 Instructional Techniques for Maintaining Learner Focus

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 9/3/14 4:00 AM

I saw a television commercial the other day advertising an energy drink. The commercial claimed the drink will help you focus so you can achieve your goals in life. How funny! All this time I thought ambition, drive, dedication, and hard work helps you achieve your goals in life. Now I can forget all of those things and just drink more caffeine! The TV commercial is right about one thing though. It shows how important mental concentration and focus are to achieving anything.

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Tags: instructional techniques, virtual classroom

3 Key Steps for Becoming a Virtual Classroom Trainer

Posted by Melissa Grey Satterfield on 8/11/14 4:00 AM

Since the launch of our newest workshop, The Virtual Trainer, I’ve received quite a few questions about how to make the transition from traditional classroom training to the virtual classroom. People tend to focus on the technological and content changes that are required; however, one of the most common challenges during this transition is preparing yourself to train in this new platform. To help address these questions, below I’ve included an excerpt from our virtual trainer course where we cover this very topic. 

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5 Tips for Virtual Classroom Trainers

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 7/7/14 4:00 AM

Preparing for the virtual classroom (synchronous training) is critical for a virtual trainer. Failing to consider all that could happen could mean an unsuccessful session. Sure, there are the obvious things that need to be done, such as checking that your computer is plugged in, the internet connection is wired and reliable, and you have thorough knowledge of your virtual platform and content.

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7 Tips for Success in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Melissa Grey Satterfield on 4/14/14 4:00 AM



Let’s face it, live, synchronous, virtual learning is not just a trend, it’s a training delivery strategy that’s here to stay! It’s extremely effective, economical, and geographically desirable! If you’ve never attended a virtual classroom training session, you might think it a bit scary. I must admit, I was a little nervous when attending my first virtual classroom session.

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Tags: virtual trainer, virtual classroom, instructor-led training

How to Develop an Online Mindset

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 4/10/14 4:00 AM

I’ve seen a lot of changes in the training industry over the last 20 years, from the days of the overhead projector and acetate slides to smart boards, iPads, and e-learning. We were just starting to get our heads around rapid e-learning and along comes social media for trainers.

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Tags: virtual trainer, virtual classroom

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