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Tools and Techniques for a Successful Virtual Classroom

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Tools and Techniques for a Successful Virtual Classroom

Virtual classrooms present viable and lucrative training options for corporate houses. They can impart new skills to their employees at various locations at the same time, saving time and cost. Nonetheless, how does one conduct a virtual classroom? Is it simple or complex? What are the challenges? These are a few questions that intrigue corporate trainers.

Here are a few guidelines which can help you conduct a successful virtual classroom:

Know Your Learners Well

Training individuals is always challenging. It is more so if your trainees are in a remote locale. You need to know a lot about your learners so that you can give them what they really want or need. Unless your presentation has something that your learners want, they are not going to take an interest in it. Therefore, analyze your learners and their learning requirements before you prepare your presentation.

Organize the Content to Be Delivered

The fact that you are giving an online presentation does not reduce the amount of preparation you need to make. Once you know your learners’ needs, choose your content accordingly. It should present learners with relevant information to help them build skills. Once you have the content, organize it well. Get your plan ready for each phase of your presentation, with the amount of content and the activities to be conducted. Include a variety of examples and activities to provide clarity on the concept and sustain your learners’ interest.

However, avoid lengthy anecdotes and irrelevant examples. Rehearse your presentation as many times as you need to get a strong hold on the content and tools.

Give a Brief Introduction to the Tools

The success of a virtual classroom depends on learners’ active participation. They cannot participate if they do not know how and when to use a particular tool or a mode of communication to optimal effect. So, introduce these tools to them and ensure that your learners know how to use the various audio and video devices, message boards, emoticons, etc.

Engage Your Learners as Often as You Can

Building collaboration among learners is crucial for the success of a virtual training session. Engage your learners in group tasks and post their responses on message boards. Encourage them to use emoticons to express their feelings such as laughter and applause.

With simple and relevant real-life examples, you can gain the attention of your learners. And such examples can give life to dry topics. Question your learners randomly as often as you can to keep them mentally alert.

With these tips, you can make a lively virtual training session and provide your learners a satisfying learning experience. As a corporate trainer, you need to have a definite plan to surmount the challenges of time, space, technology and, most importantly, individual learning styles.

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  • Not only teach them how to interact and use the tools but before you do this, find the right tools. Look for a reliable solution that will do everything that you need and will be stable, easy to use and be scalable.

    Also before the virtual classroom begins, test out the application on the teacher and class sides so that when the class begins no times is wasted fixing problems or setting up.

  • Hello all,

    I am interested in applying this idea to increase global awareness and further
    possibilities in education.

    World has many rural areas that are out of touch and lack access.
    I am convinced that the bigger “gold mine” of opportunity is outside the limited
    confines of a city or corporation.

    If you have ideas / ambitions along these lines, let me know.

    Das Menon

  • Holly Gaspar

    It comes down to the design of the thing – make sure you understand the audience you are delivering too, make the learning as close to the actual job as possible and let the learners take full advantage of the opportunity.

    Another key concern when designing training is audience analysis. If you look at the different generations you will see how vastly their learning styles can differ. One noticable difference between Millenials and other generations is their integration with technology and their lack of interest in lenghty traditional classroom training.

    It also depends on the type of material being delivered – there is some content where you might prefer to do face to face role plays and there is some content you might prefer to let learners explore applications on their own after a short intro. It is essential to look at many aspects and different delivery methods together.