Tip #830: A Shoo-In for Virtual Training

On July 13, 2020, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #830: A Shoo-In for Virtual Training

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Jimmy Dean

A major concern about virtual training is how to keep participants engaged when they have so many distractions available. Virtual trainers are advised to have the participants do an activity every 2 or 5 or 10 minutes, depending on the reference source.

If your classroom training is already participant-based and highly interactive, I’m finding it is not that difficult to convert it to virtual training. A day-long training can be broken into short segments with 10-minute breaks every hour and an hour for lunch, just as it is handled in the classroom. Many of the learning activities can be … Read the rest

Tip #828:  Virtual Accelerated Learning Training?

On June 29, 2020, Posted by , In curriculum design, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #828:  Virtual Accelerated Learning Training?

“Great fear is concealed under daring.” Lucan

 Previously, I was asked if I could facilitate my train the trainer program virtually and I said a categoric “no.” I wrote about this in an earlier Tip, #817.

However, I have decided to change my tune in the most extreme way possible. I am planning to convert a program on designing accelerated learning training to a virtual medium. And I’m very nervous about it, I must admit.

Talk about a steep learning curve! And I thought learning how to use PowerPoint 16 years ago was a big stretch!!

I know I’m going to miss the energy of the room, all the bells and whistles, tabletop toys (no Koosh balls, no pipe … Read the rest

Tip #817: To Go Virtual or Not

On April 6, 2020, Posted by , In learning activities, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #817: To Go Virtual or Not

“You are doomed to make choices. This is life’s greatest paradox.”  Wayne Dyer

Like so many of us, I am now confronted with the need to go virtual, to go silent, or to wait and hope that, once it comes, our healthy new normal allows group meetings.

My dilemma concerns a 6-day train the trainer program for both new and experienced trainers. The goal of this program is to both teach and model how to design, deliver and facilitate face-to-face interactive classroom learning experiences.

So the question is, can an accelerated learning program go online? Will the synchronous features of WebEx support a rich learning environment?

I want the participants to know how to set up a warm and welcoming … Read the rest