Request for Contributions:
Do you have experience facilitating in a virtual classroom with participants from around the globe?
- What worked?
- What didn't work?
- What are you going do do differently?
Please share your stories and tips. We'd love to include as many as possible in our next whitepaper, titled "Making The Virtual Classroom Global."
You can respond right here, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks in advance for your consideration! Keep reading for the planned introductory text and to access sample whitepapers.
Global Virtual Classroom
Making the Virtual Classroom Global
Globalization, new learning technologies and dispersed workforces have provided us with a much more diverse learner base than ever before. Naturally, the virtual classroom paves the way for working with these global audiences more easily. How are you adapting to respond to these changes in your classroom?
In order to answer these questions, training professionals need to recognize the influence that culture plays in the classroom - especially classrooms that have three or even more cultures represented at the same time. Reading the body language in the multicultural bandwidth becomes critical to learning success. Managing class dynamics, communication issues, and cultural differences is an advanced facilitation skill, supported by informed design.
The virtual classroom has evolved, and expectations for quality are higher than ever. Some organizations have been teaching and learning this way for over a decade, and are ready to bring their virtual learning design and delivery to the next level to ensure virtual delivery is meeting, and potentially exceeding, the traditional classroom experience.
After your organization has implemented specialized techniques in support of virtual instructional design and virtual facilitation, what do designers and facilitators need to become masters at their crafts?
Trends in business and training include globalization, mobility, and social networking. By establishing a foundation of knowledge and skills in these areas, training professionals can get ahead of the trends and create core practices in their organizations.