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    HOW TO AVOID

    ! BEWARE VIRTUALCLASSROOM

    PITFALLS

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    Virtual classroom is an engaging and cost-

    effective, travel-free option for delivering training to a

    widely-dispersed audience.

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    We want to set you up for success!

    What are the top 10 pitfalls to avoid when transitioning to

    virtual classroom?

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    Not having a GOAL for your virtual classroom implementation

    1 PITFALL

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    REALITY: Virtual classroom may or may not be right for your needs.

    Ask yourself three

    plunge.

    critical questions before you

    take the

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    1. Is it clear as to why you are using virtual classroom?

    2. Are you looking to replace or amplify traditional classroom training?

    3. What results are expected?

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    Not setting learner expectations

    2 PITFALL

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    (Let your learners in on the secret)

    Virtual Classroom

    ≠ Webinar

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    Virtual classroom engages learners in active listening.

    Learners acquire knowledge through interactivity with the platform, facilitator, and with

    one another.

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    Failing to provide an appropriate virtual classroom learning

    environment

    This is not correct

    3 PITFALL

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    “Just gather in the conference room

    and project the virtual classroom

    session,” -said no facilitator ever.

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    To optimize participation and focus… Every learner should have his/her own computer and phone line (and private space to learn).

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    Lacking knowledge of web conferencing platforms

    4 PITFALL

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    • A technical snafu can derail and undermine the credibility of an otherwise well-designed virtual classroom course.

    • After learning leaders select the right platform, at least one person on the team needs to become the go-to expert who understands the platform’s capabilities & can troubleshoot when needed.

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    Not having a plan for selecting, training, and monitoring facilitators

    5 PITFALL

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    A good traditional classroom facilitator…

    …a good virtual classroom facilitator.

    is not always

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    When creating a success profile for virtual classroom facilitators, make sure you

    build in affinities for communicating virtually

    and working with technology.

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    The right skill set is step one.

    Keep facilitators sharp and help them develop new skills, observe them in action and provide ongoing feedback.

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    Not using a producer

    6 PITFALL

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    To help facilitators keep their undivided attention on

    learners’ needs, it’s best to use a producer who can

    operate the platform, address technical issues, and keep

    things running smoothly.

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    Lacking learner engagement in the session

    7 PITFALL

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    • Avoid >2 “tell” slides in a row

    • Discourage multitasking; include opportunities to use chat, annotation, feedback, and breakout rooms.

    Interactivity is critical:

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    Not providing course

    materials

    8 PITFALL

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    Virtual learners get the same benefits from reading

    accompanying content, jotting down notes, and completing

    exercises as learners in a traditional setting.

    Don’t skip the course journals!

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    Not piloting the course before launch

    9 PITFALL

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    You only have one chance to make a good first impression!

    Get a group together to pilot aspects of virtual classroom to find out

    what works and what won’t.

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    Not practicing

    1 PITFALL

    0

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    Practice before you teach!

    The key to any kind of facilitation (and most things in life):

    PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

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    Ready to take your training virtual?

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    CALL: +1 (800) 933-4463

    Let’s connect!

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