The Virtual Training Mastery Series

While applications such as WebEx, Elluminate and Live Meeting allow just about anyone  to host a live online meeting, most of us really haven’t stopped to think about how to transfer our great (and maybe not so great) facilitation skills to these environments.  Typically, online meetings happen like this:   one person talks and then on occassions stops to say, “Are there any questions.”   Then the DREADED DEAD silence.  

 

At LINGOs we recognize that there are three sets of skills that facilitators need to develop as they begin to lead virtual events:

  1. How to design on-line curricula that are interactive and effective. 
  2. How to facilitate on-line classes so that you can effectively engage, manage and lead your on-line learners;
  3. How to use your on-line virtual classroom application.  Here, we refer to developing the technical competency needed to use your your specific brand of on-line virtual classroom applicaion (Elluminate, WebEx, Connect, or other).  This is a very important technical skill that won’t be addressed in this blog post, but we promise will be covered in future posts.

To assist on-line facilitators with the skills outlined in points one and two above, LINGOs sponsors the On-Line Virtual Mastery Series.  The two-class Mastery Series helps you first plan out or DESIGN that virtual experience for your students and the second class will help you with the actual live event, learning how to really engage the participant.   

 

What’s really cool is the course instructor, Greg Davis, absolutely practises what he preaches:  being a student in the class will really help you think about applying the techniques because you are experiencing them first hand.   (Dare we warn you that this is an ACTIVE class!) 

 

The technology LINGOs uses to run the class is the Elluminate Live! on-line classroom.   The reality is, however, that these are skills you can use in any live, remote environment (Centra, Live Meeting, WebEx, Adobe Connect, etc.)  

 

The classes are free and you can dial in from a less than ideal Internet connection.   To check your system go to:  http://www.elluminate.com/support/index.jsp.  (You must have a working microphone to participate.) 

 

Designing a Virtual Class
September 24,  8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
November 12,  8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
December 17th, 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Times are listed in:  Eastern Daylight Savings (or same time as New York)
Are you interested in designing live online classes but don’t really know where to start?  This class is excellent for people who currently teach in a classroom setting, but want to expand to a live online environment.   You will learn how to design interactivity into your class, including ice breakers, games, discussions, etc.   The instructor, Greg Davis is the former Director of eLearning for American Express.   Registration is required for this course.  http://ngolearning.org/courses/availablecourses/online/pages/Class%20One%20-%20On-Line%20Design.aspx

 

Managing and Facilitating a Virtual Classroom
September 25, 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
November 13th 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
December 18th, 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Times are listed in:  Eastern Daylight Savings (or same time as New York)
 Are you interested in improving your onlinefacilitation skills for a live class?  This class will help you with the in-class challenges of engaging the students. So stop given boring onlineclasses where you talk, talk, talk and aren’t sure if the student is even still alive!  Learn how to call on students, ask them polling questions, and get them to interact with each other during the class.   The instructor is Greg Davis, the former Director of eLearning for American Express, who volunteers for LINGOs.    To register go to:  http://ngolearning.org/courses/availablecourses/online/pages/Class%20Two%20-%20On-Line%20Facilitation.aspx

 

More information about LINGOs can be found at:  www.lingos.org.   Questions can be directed to Linda@lingos.org

 

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