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Assessing Virtual Classroom Facilitation

Posted by Karen Vieth on Dec 5, 2018 10:44:30 AM

54881855_sSince virtual classroom skillsets are not as off-the-shelf as face-to-face training skills, we often wonder just how well we are doing at this virtual facilitation gig. Often, our only feedback comes from “smile sheets,” the surveys at the end of class to see what people thought of the program.

But how do these really help guide our professional development when only five out of 30 learners actually filled it out? How can we assess how things are really going in a virtual facilitation setting?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Facilitation, Assessment

Is the Virtual Classroom Right for Your Training?

Posted by Karen Vieth on Oct 25, 2018 1:04:04 PM

31545250_sTo be or not to be in the virtual classroom – that is the question, right?

Well, to find the answer for your training, take this quick quiz.

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

Um, Ah, So, Ya Know … The Deadly Verbal Crutch

Posted by Karen Vieth on Oct 2, 2018 11:38:04 AM

9917748_sFirst impressions are key to developing rapport with learners in any classroom, but especially in the virtual environment. Facilitators in the virtual classroom must grab the attention of the learner right away and keep it to be successful here.

When trainers fill their delivery with verbal crutches, learners get distracted and possibly annoyed.

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

Face-to-Face Gone Virtual

Posted by Karen Vieth on Sep 20, 2018 12:24:14 PM

92402816_sIn the modern classroom of today, trainers find themselves in various situations they may not have prepared for. One of common situation is going virtual.

Does this sound familiar? You’re going along training for years and then BOOM your company decides to jump on the virtual classroom train. The big question settles in, “How do I make this virtual classroom space feel like a face-to-face classroom?”

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Topics: Global Virtual Classroom, Modern Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation

Tips for the Accidental Virtual Trainer

Posted by Karen Vieth on Sep 6, 2018 11:24:16 AM

28377270_sAre you one of the many accidental trainers out there? The function or topic expert so good at their job that management asked you to train others in your organization? You aren't alone! InSync Training's lead facilitator Karen Vieth discusses four key areas you can focus on to become a dynamic virtual facilitator. Learn how to identify your natural skill, learn tips and strategies for better virtual facilitation, and take your sessions to the next level — on purpose.

Chances are, you didn’t dream of being a virtual facilitator when you were little. But here you are, quite by accident. You may have recently graduated and landed a sales position that turned to training. Or you had a job for a while and found yourself in the training department years later. Regardless of how you landed in training, it's a great spot to be, where you help others learn the tricks of the trade.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation

Presenting With Passion and Courage

Posted by Susan Bassett, M.S. on Feb 27, 2018 1:15:00 PM

This is the second part of a blog post from our guest blogger, Susan Bassett. To view the first post, "It's Amazing What Creating Online Energy Can Do!," click here

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Love what you do. Whether you call yourself a trainer, instructor, facilitator, presenter; the nom de guerre doesn’t really matter. Being a great online trainer requires soft skills and a high level of motivation to share your passion about the subject being presented.

This is the complete opposite of finding yourself online with a trainer who reads the slides and notes word for word. Listen in on any outstanding online trainer and you will experience passion about using their energy to impact other people’s lives.

With that passion, comes calculated risk that requires courage. If you want people to learn before, during, and after your online training, create a safe learning environment where risk is encouraged.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Production, Producer

It’s Amazing What Creating Online Energy Can Do!

Posted by Susan Bassett, M.S. on Feb 20, 2018 1:11:09 PM

This is the first part of our guest blogger Susan Bassett's two-part blog post. The second post will be published Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

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I’ve been presenting online since 2001. I’ve always felt a certain sense of excitement when working with top-notch trainers and producers in creating active, energetic online sessions. Terrific online professionals make choices about how they present which results in transforming distracted, impatient, and overwhelmed attendees into engaged learners. (Bersin). Ask dynamic, effective online trainers what their “secret sauce” is and you’ll hear about presence, energy, passion and courage. And now, comes the best part, they are more than willing to share.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Modern Learning, Learner Experience, Communication

It Was Almost Like Being in a Real Class! Making Virtual Learning Real

Posted by Karen Vieth on Feb 14, 2017 12:05:00 PM

Access InSync's complete 2017 “50  Modern Blended Learning Blogs" series here.  Subscribe for daily updates.

Virtual Classroom Facilitation Blended Learning In Jennifer Hofmann’s blog post, The Role of Virtual Classrooms in Modern Blended Learning, she states that the focus of virtual learning should be fundamentally on the learners, their experiences and their learning environments. And I agree. But I encourage you to expand that focus to include collaboration.

I believe it is the ability for learners within those experiences and learning environments to make connections, participate in collaborative efforts and tie back to real life and work situations that turns a webinar type session into a real lesson where learners are eager to come back for more. 

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation

Creating a Culture of Accountability in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 24, 2017 12:03:00 PM

Access InSync's complete 2017 “50  Modern Blended Learning Blogs" series here.  Subscribe for daily updates.Culture of AccountabilityThe virtual classroom has a lot of advantages. We can create a learning environment which promotes interactivity and collaboration among learners. We can deliver a lesson to remote learners with minimal delivery costs. We can easily engage subject matter experts in the learning process.

But even with these advantages, we still have concerns about how effective virual learning is and how to determine if learners are meeting the objectives of the lesson.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Virtual Classroom, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation

Time Management in the Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Dec 1, 2016 8:55:00 PM

38638232_s.jpgEach learning environment requires facilitators to develop certain skills to promote learner success. Classroom facilitators benefit from participant body language. They know, based on the energy in the room, whether content resonates with learners, or if it doesn’t. Adapting the presentation based on learner needs has become second nature in the classroom, and with depth of experiences comes comfort – classroom facilitators know how to stay on track and on schedule.

In the virtual classroom, though, many facilitators, even seasoned veterans, struggle to manage their time. In fact, I believe time management is one of the key competencies facilitators must develop for this learning environment.

When used as a competency, I define time management as, “the ability to manage a session so that you know learners are engaged, while also ensuring that learning takes place and the session finishes on time.”

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Topics: Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation