F2 Panel: How to Enhance Collaboration in Virtual Learning

4:00 AM - 4:45 AM Wednesday, July 21

When the world shut down and all work suddenly went remote, virtual learning stepped into the spotlight. Supporting remote workers will continue to be a larger part of the L&D landscape as we move past the pandemic, and it will be critical for us to engage and support these remote workers as well as those that are back in the office. In this panel discussion, our panel of experts will explore how we can enhance engagement and collaboration within our virtual learning strategies.

Karen Hyder

Online Event Producer and Speaker Coach

Kaleidoscope Training and Consulting

Karen Hyder, online event producer and speaker coach at Kaleidoscope Training and Consulting, has been teaching about technology since 1991, when she delivered instructor-led software courses for Logical Operations. She was promoted to director of trainer development, helping trainers improve skills and earn certifications. In 1999 she created a course for trainers using virtual classrooms, and helped launch The eLearning Guild Online Forums in 2004. She continues to host The Guild’s Best of DemoFest, and was honored with the Guild’s Guild Master Award. Currently, Karen provides coaching and production support for a series of online courses at Hearing First, a not-for-profit that serves audiology professionals earning CEUs.

Cindy Huggett

Principal Consultant

Cindy Huggett Consulting

As a leading industry expert and 20+ year pioneer of virtual training, Cindy Huggett, CPTD, has vast experience delivering engaging learning solutions via the virtual and hybrid classroom. She's the author of six acclaimed books on the subject, including The Facilitator's Guide to Immersive, Blended and Hybrid Learning. She is a past member of the ATD global board of directors and was one of the first to earn the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP now CPTD) credential. She holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and was a Triangle Business Journal 30- Under-30 Award Winner.

David Smith

Virtual Guru

DS Virtually Group

David is the founder of DS Virtually, a consultancy group with a mission to support organizations and employees to develop the skills needed to succeed in the digital and virtual worlds that exist with virtual teams, remote working, and virtual events like webinars and virtual classroom training. David is a regular speaker at global conferences, training events, and webinars on how organizations can leverage the learning technologies of today, what digital skills do we need to have in the borderless workplace, and how we must adapt for the future of learning. David has extensive experience in designing and delivering virtual classroom and other technology enabled learning with clients such as BP, HP, IBM, Nike, Nielsen, ABB, Standard and Poor’s, IESE Business School, Mercer, and Cisco.

Jo Cook

Director of Research

Lightbulb Moment Limited

Jo Cook is a speaker, instructional designer, and classroom facilitator who specializes in virtual classrooms, webinars, and live online learning technology. Jo’s passion is in helping and supporting teams, professionals, and organizations embrace the benefits of the virtual classroom. Jo’s background includes further and higher education, the charity sector, and small and large organizations, including CNN News and Bupa International. Through her company, Lightbulb Moment, Jo has specialized in training learning professionals about virtual classroom design and delivery since 2013 and has spoken at conferences such as Learning Technologies, Online Educa Berlin, and keynoted for Colleges Wales and E-learning Fusion.

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