Trainer skills for virtual classrooms (2)

by | Oct 8, 2009 | Articles

The third article on our sequence on web conferencing – virtual classrooms takes us into the classroom. Clive Shepherd speaks with the voice of experience with many practical hours of virtual delivery behind him.

This article is full of handy snippets of practical advice and thought provoking comments. “Human speech adds a personal element that activates our inherent social responses”, “It is quite common for people to recoil in horror when they hear a recording of their own voice.”  are just two of the interesting statements in the article. Others are: “Learning is improved when a complex visual is explained by audio rather than text”, “Use a second screen so you can see what the participants see”, “use a short live video introduction” and “live sessions are rarely an end in themselves” are just some of the thought provoking comments that Clive makes in this article.

If you are planning to be a tutor in a live virtual conference or lesson, perhaps as a guest tutor then this is more essential reading for you. If you are making decisions about on-line delivery technology then this is useful background; will the tutors you select have the right skills for on-line classroom delivery, if not will they be able to aquire those skills?

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