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P06 BYOD: Designing for Virtual Classroom Events

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday, October 19

Tracks: Virtual Classrooms

Virtual classroom experiences can range from engaging and exciting, to dull and boring. The make-or-break factor often stems from one major thing: the initial instructional design. Crafting virtual classrooms requires more than understanding how to create classroom or eLearning content; it takes a deeper understanding of the unique features and drawbacks of this type of training and how best to leverage the functionality of the VC tools you use.

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn how to take common, face-to-face training situations and translate them for effective and engaging virtual delivery using advanced features, social media tools, vendor add-ons, video, and audio in creative ways. Explore alternative solutions to supplement the typical virtual deliver experience. You’ll also practice your skills by redesigning a case sample (or even a training example from your own organization) for virtual delivery. If you design VC content but know you need to enhance your instructional design skills to make what you create a better fit for the VC environment, then this workshop is for you.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Creative solutions for different face-to-face training situations (like software labs, coaching or mentoring, role-playing, etc.)
  • How to implement advanced features for breakout rooms, webcams, and video
  • How to engage learners by integrating available resources such as virtual classroom tools, mobile devices, self-study activities, social media, and third-party platforms into your blended solutions
  • Tips for visually and instructionally improving your training content for virtual solutions
  • How to look before you leap: practical strategies for implementing your vision to make sure your event is successful

Technology discussed:

Virtual classrooms platforms (Adobe Connect, Zoom, MS Teams), collaborative whiteboards (Mural, Miro, Jamboard, etc.), gaming and quizzing platforms (Kahoot, Mentimeter, etc.)

Participant technology requirements:

Laptop computer and/or mobile device such as an iPad or tablet

Melissa Chambers

Online Instructional Specialist

MSC Consulting

Melissa Chambers is an online instructional specialist at MSC Consulting and a contract speaker coach/host for The Learning Guild’s Online Forums and Guild Academy. Melissa has over 20 years’ experience in creative media production, project and change management, online instructional design, and eLearning strategy development, and has been designing, producing, and coaching for synchronous online programs since 2002. She holds a master’s degree in instructional design for online learning, and has spearheaded award-winning programs in eLearning, process improvement, and strategic development. Melissa has a passion for lifelong learning, technology, cultivating creativity, and having fun while working.