Thursday, July 17, 2014

How to become a Virtual Classrooms Superstar? Part 2

Part 2

Continued from yesterday's post, I will be sharing three more best practices to help you become a virtual classrooms superstar. If you missed yesterday's post, please click here to learn more.  Alright, are you ready? Let's go!

4. Studying and understanding Web conferencing platforms

Virtual classroom platforms differ in their features and functionality.  Therefore, it is important to understand what can or can't be done with the platform such as Google Hangouts, WebEx, GoToTraining and Adobe Connect, etc.  Many platforms provide free customer support, so don't be afraid to call them if you have any questions.  The right knowledge and expertise act as a valuable insurance policy against a wide range of things that can go wrong when hosting a virtual classroom.

5. Having a facilitator

Not all traditional classroom facilitators are good virtual classroom facilitators.  If you know someone who is comfortable with virtual classroom and technology, kindly invite him or her to be your facilitator or co-host when you deliver a tutoring session or training.  The facilitator is someone who can operate the platform, address technical issues and keep things running smoothly.  This will free you up from all the distractions and help you focus on content delivery.

6. Engaging students

The more interactive a session is the better.  Include opportunities for students to use chat, raise hands, annotation and feedback tools such as polling questions.  One rule of thumb is to keep one key point per slide.  In addition, 20/80 rule applies here.  20% of the time should be focused on delivery content and 80% of the time for activities.  This will ensure your students are engaged.

What do you think?

Side note: Thank you my dear friends, fellow tutors and teachers for your continued support.  This blog has reached a new milestone: 600+ likes from Facebook as of today!  

Source from Chief Learning Officer magazine, May 2014. Picture source from Microsoft clipart.

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