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Virtual Trainer Best Practices



This is a 3 hour workshop designed to help those new to virtual training understand the best practices of teaching in the virtual classroom.

This is a 3 hour workshop designed to help those new to virtual training understand the best practices of teaching in the virtual classroom.



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  • 1. Virtual Trainer Best Practices
    Presented by Sandy Masters
    Introduction – Who am I? Why am I here? With your help – what I hope to achieve.
  • 2. Beginning with the end
    The elements of fun are the same for everyone . . . The underlying concept is engagement. In other words, if you are really into it, that’s fun.
    Roger C. Shank
    Lessons in learning,
    e-Learning, and Training
    Taking the stairs video (2 min.)
  • 3. Workshop Design:
    Blended learning approach
    Process vs. content expert
    Facilitation – extract “wisdom of the group”
  • 4. Warm-up Exercise - Thiagi
    Best Practice: Improve the use of visuals in your virtual classroom.
  • 5. Survey – Interesting Data
    What can the instructor do to enhance your learning during the workshop?
    Share tips & experiences
    Have time to practice
    Follow structure and keep chunks smaller
    Breakout sessions, surveys
    Don't lecture, provide ample opportunity for interaction
    Active participation thru whiteboards, polling questions, and interaction. GRIPI's are always important.
    Understand we are all on different levels of understanding when it comes to virtual learning and technology. We will have a mix of trainers and instructional designers in the room.
    Keep me engaged
    Show me tips and tricks to make facilitating virtually easier. Anything would be helpful actually.
    Make sure there are warm cookies and milk!
  • 6. Survey (cont.)
    When learning about the tools and techniques used in the virtual classroom, I have these concerns:
    Technology (learning, using, break-downs)
    Time to learn, support for my learning, and delay between this workshop and being able to use virtual classroom
    Transferring F2F teaching skills to virtual classroom
    Students not having basic computer skills; multi-tasking
  • 7.
  • 8. Pre-Work Review
    View 60 minute recorded webinar
    Identify specific tools and techniques that are used to engage the audience
    Bring your list with you to our first session for discussion.
    Did anyone take notes on the
    10 common errors and 10 tactics?
    Break into groups of five
  • 9. Course Objectives
    Design effective virtual classroom exercises using web conference interactivity tools
    Engage learner attention and participation in online learning
    Repurpose traditional classroom exercises for collaborative online learning
    Describe best practices for online facilitation
  • 10. Let’s Play a GAME
  • 11. How is Virtual Training different from in person ILT?
    How is it the same?
    Video from LearnTrends Virtual Conf.
    44:18 – 47:29
    TBD w/
  • 12. When to go Virtual?
    Follow ADDIE model
    Look at the Educational Objectives
    Geographically dispersed
    Content unstable
    Occasional course over time
    Need for real time expert
    Collaboration enhances learning
    Exercise – Virtual Classroom readiness checklist
  • 13. Pre-event planning & design
    Exercise: Leader Guide
    Course Title
    Course Description
    Target Audience
    We will work on creating the collaborative exercise later
  • 14. Invitations/reminders
  • 15. Creating collaborative exercises
    The trainer must be ready to facilitate
    The participant must understand how to contribute
    The exercises must be well planned and have achievable outcomes
  • 16. Participants guides
    Your welcome letter is an example of a participant guide
    Helps participants understand directions and preparation for the virtual classroom
    Avoid sending PowerPoints that duplicate your presentation
  • 17. Practice
    Actual virtual class time = Plan on spending the same amount of time on your dry run.
  • 18. Know the technology tools
    Polling / quizzes
    Chat / Q&A
    (e.g. use: solicits learner input/benefit: actively engages learners in discussion)
    Desktop sharing / Annotation
    Desktop sharing / Video
    Exercise: Identify uses and benefits of each
  • 19.
  • 20. Adapting the visual experience
  • 21. PowerPoint / Sources for Images
  • 22. Building interactivity into virtual training
    Exercise –
    With your team design an interactivity using one
    of the tools discussed
    Make sure the interactivity supports the learning objective
  • 23. Maximizing learner engagement
    Video – Jennifer Hoffman
    Example of engagement exercise
    Notice the role of the producer/assistant in the recording
  • 24. Using a producer / teaching partner
    Logistical: Availability & Budget
    Technical: Does VT platform support assistant role?
    Instructional: Do the design and desired outcomes require an assistant?
    Personal: I don’t use one in ILT, why do I need one now?
  • 25. Additional resources for further study
    Certification programs
    InSync Training
    NetSpeed Learning
    Free Webinars Link
  • 26. Closing, follow-up
    This in not the end!
    Sign up for iLinc account and play
    Download quick guides
    Watch iLinc training videos
    Set date/time for virtual presentation
    Please, please, please call me with questions and concerns – I will be happy to help you get an “A”!
  • 27.
  • 28. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season!