Trainer skills for virtual classrooms (1)

by | Aug 11, 2009 | Articles

The third article in our series in online facilitated learning stresses the importance of thorough training analysis and design. 

The secrets of quality virtual classroom delivery
No trainer should lose sight of the fact that irrespective of media, whether you can view learners or not good classroom lessons are referenced to the learners; the participants. Just as in a real classroom the web tutor must understand her or his participants, their circumstances, their motivation, their skills and knowledge, their dependence and their preferences.
Live sessions enable learners to get immediate feedback from a person, rapidly build relationships with each other, work collaboratively in real time and discuss issues as they arise. Clive Shepherd and Phil Green of Onlignment describe the design approaches you can use to build interactivity, display visual material and share resources amongst learners. If you wnat to know how to prepare a good lesson that meets the needs of the learners then this is a must read article.
The focus is on real time small group instructional events (virtual classrooms) using a web conferencing system. The preparation and delivery have some similarities to real classroom lessons in that traditional trainers can make the transistion; but there is also a world of difference as this article reveals.

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