Association of Talent Development - Greater Cincinnati Chapter



Kevin Siegel | IconLogic, Inc., and ICCOTP

Teaching Live, Online Classes: Tips for Engaging Virtual Learners*


As organizations increasingly work on a larger and larger scale, the ability to offer consistent, high-quality training to online participants in far-flung geographical locations has become imperative. Synchronous, instructor-led, online training, together with blended learning and social learning techniques, is an important component of nearly every training and development effort today.

Online training differs from classroom training in many significant ways. First, the technological requirements are significant. Computers, backup computers, microphones, speakers, headsets, webcams, multiple images on screen, and the variety of Internet services and limitations add a layer of technology that goes far beyond the audiovisual equipment used in classroom training. Second, classroom methodology must be changed and adapted to work in the online environment. Promoting participation, discussion, and even just sustained attention can be a challenge.

Attend this hands-on session (you’ll be able to access an actual online classroom and participate in the action right along with other attendees) and learn some best practices for engaging virtual learners.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the hardware and software you’ll need to host virtual classes (and what it will cost you)
  • Learn about the top virtual training platforms including WebEx, Connect, and GoTo
  • Learn some sure-fire techniques for getting virtual classes started on the right foot (make a great first impression)
  • Learn how to effectively communicate with virtual students
  • Learn how to encourage—and even demand—participation

*Note: This is a hands-on, interactive session (no boring lecture here). Visit the Registration URL below to claim your seat in the virtual classroom. During the session, you can enter the classroom by clicking the link you’ll receive via email (or use the GoToTraining app you’ll find in your device’s app store). Once you’re in the virtual room, you’ll be able to experience online learner engagement first-hand while Kevin discusses the key concepts.

Registration URL: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/7158941492891868674


About the Facilitator

Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP, is the founder and president of IconLogic, Inc., and the founder and chief executive officer of the International Council for Certified Online Training Professionals.

Following a successful tour of duty with the U.S. Coast Guard (where Kevin was twice decorated with the Coast Guard’s Achievement Medal for his work in photojournalism), he has spent decades as a technical communicator, classroom and online trainer, eLearning developer, publisher, and public speaker. Kevin has written hundreds of training books for adult learners. Some of his best-selling books include “Adobe Captivate: The Essentials,” “Articulate Storyline: The Essentials,” and “TechSmith Camtasia: The Essentials.” Kevin has also been recognized by Adobe as one of the top trainers world-wide.

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