By Alison Roper

When you think of virtual classroom training what comes to mind?

  • Dull sessions (“death by Powerpoint”)?
  • Painful silences waiting for someone else to answer the questions?
  • An opportunity to catch up on your email?

The great news is, things don’t have to be that way – with careful design, an experienced facilitator and use of some of the many tools and techniques available, you can deliver an engaging and interactive learning experience for your participants.

Virtual classroom training can also deliver many benefits for the organisation. It allows you to reach teams all over the globe, and by removing the need for travel can help with those tricky environmental targets. It’s also a great way of delivering smaller chunks of content which increases the learning transfer by up to 17% over a single event (source: journal of Applied Psychology).

Moving to virtual learning is not just as simple as putting a classroom trainer in front of a webcam.  When you are developing virtual classroom training you need to consider several things:

  • Your audience – what’s the best mix to ensure everyone can have their say and ensuring that the participants know what to expect
  • How to design for sustained engagement  – ensuring content is interactive using visually appealing materials and using of various tools e.g. polls, chat, breakouts
  • Duration of the session – best practice says no more than 90-120 minutes with a break.
  • The equipment you and your participants will use – we recommend a quiet room, a headset and good WiFi (not mobile data).
  • Who will deliver the content – virtual classrooms require the facilitator to be comfortable with the technology, manage the energy of the group and use their voice to engage the participants.

If you are interested in finding out how we can help you with your virtual classroom needs, or how virtual learning can compliment your face-to-face learning, please contact Management Dynamics here or call +44 (0)333 987 5072.