Breaking the Mold: Using Virtual Classroom Tools in Unconventional Ways

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2013 - March 14, 2013

Beverly Floyd

Learning Specialist
Zeiders Enterprises

Barbara Geisler

Senior Learning Specialist
Zeiders Enterprises

Keeping learners attentive and engaged is a challenge for all facilitators—and an even greater struggle for virtual facilitators whose learners may be tempted to drift off or multi-task. When learners split their attention, some information is going to be lost … and it could be your training. Even when you have your learners’ undivided attention, new information may not make its way to their long-term memory. If the learners don’t immediately practice the learning, they may never form new mental models. And if learners can’t see how new information is applicable in their life, a critical tenet of adult learning theory, they won’t view the training as necessary.

Participants in this session will learn how to use take virtual-platform tools to the next level of facilitation and interactivity. You’ll examine several webinar tools, common to most virtual platforms, and explore the many ways you can incorporate them into training to achieve performance-based learning objectives. You’ll have available detailed training aids with suggestions for usage during the presentation, as well as for download after the session to support learning transfer to the workplace.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to construct interactive learning activities using webinar tools common to most platforms
  • How to maximize participation with large or small webinar audiences
  • How to improve facilitation by incorporating innovative techniques
  • How to improve learner retention by allowing opportunities to apply and practice new information

Audience:
Novice-to-advanced designers, developers, project managers, and managers. Familiarity with virtual learning platforms such as Adobe Connect is helpful.

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