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Ensuring successful virtual learning outcomes through engagement (Part 2)

What kind of virtual learning environment drives the most engagement? The answer is as plain as the nose on your face – literally. It’s obvious that eye contact and presence are key factors in engagement. If you think your level of participation is being monitored and you might be called out if your head drops and you start doodling sketches of that Harley Davidson motorcycle you’re dreaming about, then you’re more likely to remain tuned… [ read full ]

Ensuring successful virtual learning outcomes through engagement (Part 1)

Dodging the missiles by engaging with the class Back in the day of the dinosaurs, I had a teacher who would whip a piece of chalk at you like he was picking off a runner leading off at second base if he thought your attention was drifting during class. He could have been a Baseball Hall of Famer such was his speed of release, velocity and accuracy. Trust me. I still have those white chalk marks.… [ read full ]

Eye of the Tiger: The Redemption of the Virtual Classroom

I learned a lot during my first year. I learned not to procrastinate – that this was no longer in high school and leaving assignments and studying until the night before isn’t a good thing to do, in the real or virtual classroom (link). Oh.. on that note, I also set out to avoid online classes at all costs. My driver was time, how and when to maximize it. In the summer before 2nd year,… [ read full ]

The Truth of Virtual Learning | Why I swore off online-classes as a student

It's hard to believe that we’re already in the middle of August and students all over will soon be returning to school to start the fall semester. Looking back, my memories are filled with challenging assignments, full course loads, late nights of studying, and the Virtual Classroom Best Practices guides that I would have to read before my online courses. Even so, I liked my time at University, but if I’m being honest, there are… [ read full ]

Time to end Scrap Learning

By 2022, the Virtual Classroom industry (eLearning) is expected to be valued at more than $275.10 billion USD (Reuters, 2017). Schools and organizations are heavily investing, however, some of these organizations report that online learning takes the fun out of teaching and that it does not provide the same results as classrooms delivered in person. Although virtual classrooms do cut down travel, productivity and time expenses, organizations tend to barebone their online training programs to… [ read full ]

You look great in HD!

Whether you’re religious or not, the saying “God is in the details” is the mantra for the following article. Adobe Connect launched its stable release in 2012 and has since become on of the most widely used platforms for Corporate Learning and Development professionals around the world. The platform provides a solid foundation for developing training programs and in addition to delivering basic audio and video production provides depth in the available features and tools.… [ read full ]

The Adobe Connect Pod that pays for itself

As Learning and Development (L&D) professionals continue to improve their virtual classroom best practices and programs, collecting data and measuring the impact of online classrooms has become increasingly important. A persistent challenge faced by L&D professionals year over year is a declining budget to invest in tools, production and content creation for their organization’s online training programs. In addition to budget cuts, online training programs are not tracking the savings and demonstrating the economic, environmental… [ read full ]

The Benefits of Telecommuting and Why it’s Good for Business

Distributed Work, remote working, teleworking, telecommuting and hoteling are all different names for the same concept—that is, working at a location other than your company’s offices. But who really benefits? Telecommuting could mean working at home, a public space like a café or at a shared workspace—or at the beach, assuming there is a Wifi signal. In fact, it could be anywhere, though there are some security caveats to consider. So what’s behind this growing… [ read full ]

Changing Our Minds

Last week I watched this great video (linked below) and began to think about its potential implications for virtual classroom best practices.  As you start to fully appreciate our incredible ability to shape and reshape our minds as we learn, and how that can be leveraged in an iterative process, it opens up possibilities for trainers that seemed positively futuristic just a few years ago. But then a question kept nagging at me; how much… [ read full ]

Engagement By Design

I had some ‘fun’, or should I say, ‘engaging’ responses to my post last week about engagement. There were some interesting views about how to elevate participation and to increase engagement as a means of enhancing the learning experience for all, and to impact the outcomes for those making the investments.  As you might suspect, virtually all of the feedback was from ‘industry professionals’ and almost none was from the subjects of our work; the… [ read full ]