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Virtual classroom technology has been widely adopted at an astonishing pace. Yet many of its most useful features are still greatly underused. We'll make sure your virtual classroom course stands out from the crowd.
An uncomfortable experience?
When participants can't see each other and there are just your and other voices coming together from across the web, the virtual classroom can feel like an uncomfortable experience for learners and trainers alike.
This is because the virtual classroom lacks one key element that is vibrant and strong in any face-to-face classroom session: social presence.
Working carefully and thoughtfully to build social presence into a virtual classroom session is not the 'magic bullet' which will make your online event a rip-roaring success.
But it is one of several key elements you need to consider and address when designing and building for the virtual classroom.
The typical approach to using the virtual classroom
Too many people believe that the success of a virtual classroom session relies on a deck of PowerPoint slides and the sheer personality of the trainer.
Put the participants in listen-only mode. Let the trainer work the magic of his or her personality. Open the chat for questions at the end. Job done.
Little or no preparation required. Satisfied 'customers' every time. Cheap as chips to deliver. If only!
More than PowerPoint and talk
If all you are aiming for is an informational webinar-style event, the approach just described might just work. If you want to create a session that seriously teaches your learners something and enables some authentic practice as part of that session, then PowerPoint and talk is definitely what you don't need.
Plan, prepare and provide plenty of practice
Using our unique analysis, design and development frameworks, we can work with you to design and build a virtual classroom session that builds social presence, keeps learners engaged and actively participating in the session and (most important) provides meaningful practice, using the skills and knowledge being covered in the session.
Got a virtual classroom project in mind?
If you have a virtual classroom project in mind, let's talk. It doesn't matter whether it's in it's very early stages or if it's something that's more developed and ready to go.
We're happy to talk to you, obligation-free.
Schedule a free, no-obligation call
The best way to do this is to schedule a free call with one of our learning design experts.
The call can be 15, 30 or 60 minutes long, depending on how much time you think you might need. (And there's no harm in choosing a longer call time, even if you don't need all the time allocated).
You can make the booking here on our website where you'll find available time slots over the next couple of weeks or so.
Alternatively, you can call us, email or fill in an online enquiry form on the Contact Us page of this website.