Friday, July 18, 2014

How to become a Virtual Classrooms Superstar? Part 3

Part 3

I am really excited now because this blog just got over 1000+ page likes as of today! Check out my Facebook page by clicking here.  Alright, back to our main topic, "How to become a Virtual Classrooms Superstar".  If you missed the first two parts, please click here to learn more.  Let's continue with the last three tips on how to become a virtual classrooms superstar:

Conducting a Virtual Classroom is not as hard as you thought!

7. Providing course materials

A common mistake when implementing a virtual classroom is to overlook the need for a course workbook or outline.  Virtual students have the same behaviors as the traditional students: reading accompanying content, jotting down notes and completing learning exercises.  Remember to e-mail these materials in students' hands or post materials online for download before they join the virtual classroom.

8. Piloting the course before launching it

Before the "big day", ensure to test the course materials and flow to see what works well and what needs to be changed.  This increases the chance that first student impression is a favorable one.  Do not just slap together a slide deck and schedule delivery without first doing pilot sessions with students.

9. Practicing, Practicing and Practicing

I always practice before conducting a virtual classroom.  I have conducted virtual classrooms from 20 to over 200+ students.  Regardless of the class size, I make sure that all slides, class materials, survey questions and tests are imported into the virtual classroom such as WebEx in advance.  Then I'll run through them at least three times by myself and one to two times with a facilitator or another subject matter expert. Remember, the same preparation is required for a virtual classroom course in comparison to a traditional classroom course. 

Hope these 9 best practices help.  Remember to apply them at your next virtual classroom!  Good luck and remember to share, +1, or like!

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

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