315 B.Y.O.L.: Making Virtual Training Engaging

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Wednesday, September 30

Virtual Classroom


Why is it so hard to engage participants in your virtual sessions? Are you not sure of the best tools or techniques to use? Engagement isn’t easy, as delivering in a virtual environment is different than in a live classroom setting. It takes practice and know-how. So what is the key to stop learners from multitasking and really get involved in the session? If you can’t answer this question, there’s a chance you aren’t effectively engaging your learners.

In this session, we will address what it really means to engage participants. In other words, let’s not just use this word, let’s define it and implement it. You will learn the techniques, examples, and best practices to effectively accomplish learner engagement. You will learn how to address (and overcome) all the things you don’t like about attending a virtual session in order to make your own session attention grabbing. You will walk away with practical ideas to implement immediately to deliver an engaging virtual session.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to build rapport with a virtual audience
  • How to create opportunities for engagement
  • How to encourage classroom discussions
  • How to create effective content
  • How to use the right tools for delivery

Novice and intermediate designers with some experience delivering virtual sessions.

Technology discussed in this session:
Adobe Connect, Poll Everywhere.

Participant technology requirements:
Load the Adobe Connect prior to the start of the session.

Carol Munir

Sr. Director


Carol Munir, senior director of talent and development ops at ADP, is a learning professional and ISD with nearly 20 years’ experience who specializes in deploying innovative, global solutions for talent development. Prior to ADP, Carol was senior manager of US training at QuintilesIMS and manager of global L&D at Starwood Hotels & Resorts. She delivered “Making Virtual Training Engaging” at the 2015 DevLearn conference. Most recently, she facilitated the session “Design on a Dime” at the 2017 Learning DevCamp conference. Her passion is enhancing the learner experience by personalizing content to drive a pull, not push strategy.

Adam Gagne

Manager, eLearning

Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Adam Gagne, a manager of eLearning for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, has extensive expertise in learning technology. This includes learning management system administration, eLearning design and development, and classroom virtual training delivery and web meeting platforms.

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