Have you created virtual classroom training that's interactive, yet the participants still don't seem engaged? Interactivity doesn't automatically lead to engagement. Finding new, innovative ways to combine virtual platform tools with instructional activities can be challenging. And because all virtual classroom software programs aren't created equal, we need to be even more strategic in how we choose tools that will keep our learners tuned in to the course content, and not their social media accounts. What if there was a way to combine active and passive tools to engage your learners both physically and cognitively in the virtual classroom?

In this session, you'll start by assessing your own virtual platform's engagement capabilities. Using a Virtual Platform Engagement Assessment checklist, you'll be able to take inventory of the features available in your platform and what they can do. And if you haven't made a decision on which virtual platform to choose, you'll also receive a list of 16 ideal platform engagement features to help you select one. Then you'll learn how to adapt interactions to suit your platform's capabilities. Your journey continues by exploring how to make the virtual environment as learner-centric as possible by implementing well-designed practice activities and interaction to create physical and cognitive engagement. Lastly, you'll learn how to effectively combine active tools (like chat and polls) with passive ones (like content sharing and video streaming) to encourage simultaneous interaction from your learners. In addition, you'll learn when to include strategic opportunities for learners to share consecutively. You'll leave this session with a road map to help you successfully shift from passive to active tools in your virtual sessions so your online "passengers" experience a more exhilarating ride on the engagement superhighway.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to assess your virtual classroom platform's capabilities to maximize learner engagement
  • Multiple ways to creatively adapt interactions to your virtual platform, given the tools and features you have available
  • How to employ a foolproof formula to create physical and cognitive engagement by implementing well-designed practice opportunities and interaction
  • How to combine active and passive tools to increase purposeful and meaningful interaction in the virtual classroom

Technology discussed in this session:

Adobe Connect, WebEx, Zoom, MS Teams, GoToTraining, Canva for infographics, Vyond for videos, Poll Everywhere for simultaneous interaction

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