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Size DOES Matter ... in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 21, 2014 12:28:00 PM

In the virtual classroom, how many is too many? 

Imagine you are about to teach a class on conducting effective performance reviews to new hire supervisors. You’ve taught this class at least a dozen times before with great results. Feedback in the classroom largely focuses on the collaborative nature of the activities and the opportunity to be critiqued.

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Topics: Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices

Are Your Virtual Facilitators Ready, Willing and Enabled?

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 28, 2014 11:00:00 AM

If you are moving a training program from face-to-face classroom to the virtual classroom, be careful. Your regular facilitator may be great in the physical classroom but will probably be inexperienced in the online environment. No matter how long they have been teaching in the "regular" classroom, the virtual classroom is an entirely different setting, requiring a different set of skills. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation

Comment Appropriately Facilitators

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 8, 2014 11:00:00 AM

By Jennifer Hofmann and Nanette Miner, Ed.D.

Facilitators may believe they are responding and encouraging discourse in their sessions but in reality, their responses often lack enough depth or insight to truly facilitate learning. 

Here are some tips to change that.

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Topics: Facilitation, Engagement

Preparing virtual learners

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 2, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Where would virtual training be without virtual learners? Clearly, we need to set them up for success. Although participants have a wide range of backgrounds, skills, and technical experience, all must learn to navigate the virtual learning environment. We must be aware that participants need to "learn how to learn" all over again in this new medium. But how do you prepare them?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Facilitation, Virtual Learners

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Design for Virtual Learner Success

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 16, 2014 10:00:00 AM

This is the eleventh post in a series of eleven which will examine how to motivate the virtual learner. The first post introduces the series.

Motivation Category 10: Design for Virtual Learner Success.

Nothing succeeds like success! Give participants the opportunity to be successful and they will come back again and again. Do your best to create effective virtual learning environments, strong support systems, and well-designed programs and watch your virtual learners thrive!

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Blended learning, Virtual Classroom, Design, Facilitation, Engagement, Collaboration, Virtual Classroom - Best Practices, Virtual Learners, Motivation

Virtual Classroom Implementation & Design: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 24, 2014 1:00:00 PM

At InSync Training, we often provide informational sessions to workgroups in the midst of adopting a virtual training or blended learning strategy. After the session, we summarize the questions sent in via chat and provide more in-depth answers in a follow-up email to the client.

I thought the answers to the most commonly asked questions might be of interest to my readers so here they are!

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Topics: Blended learning, Cultural intelligence, Virtual Classroom, Design, Facilitation, Engagement, Webinars

Advice from the Virtual Trenches: 10+ Rules For Virtual Facilitators

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 8, 2014 1:00:00 PM

It was a dark and stormy night… and like most nights, I was in a training session – a virtual training session in a virtual classroom platform. The difference was, this time I was a learner, and not the facilitator.

I know that I am a particularly harsh critic when it comes to the quality of virtual training. I have a difficult time participating in a program even when delivered by my closest colleagues – professionals whom I consider to be among the best virtual facilitators in the world – always thinking to myself how I would do things differently regarding pacing, engagement techniques, and interpersonal style. Everyone has their own style, opinions, and perspective, and I do my best to respect them when in their classes.

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Topics: Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Engagement

8 Facilitation Tips for Increasing Webinar Engagement

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 10, 2014 12:59:00 PM

A webinar is typically a one-hour virtual presentation that is intended to share information and provide the opportunity for questions and feedback. Even though it isn't TRAINING, it is still important to engage participants.

Most virtual classrooms (Adobe Connect, WebEx, etc.) have the tools you need to keep your session on track and ensure you can be successful. Here are some engagement tips that can easily be incorporated into your facilitation repertoire.   

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Topics: Facilitation

5 Facilitation Tips to Increase Engagement in Virtual Classrooms

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Mar 5, 2014 3:35:00 PM

Is anyone out there? Hello?  Hello?

If you have taught online, you know this feeling.  You ask for questions or feedback, and get nothing. 

And you feel limited because you cannot look around to identify reinforcing eye contact or body language. Are participants paying attention? Are they even awake? 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Facilitation