Just about anyone with a computer, an Internet connection, and a headset can produce and lead a virtual class, webinar, or other synchronous online event. Solid instructional design and good presentation skills will certainly help make these events effective, enjoyable, and successful, but challenges almost inevitably arise: Several of your participants can’t log in, no one responds to your carefully designed polls, your Internet connection drops just as you’re about to start the event, or that video … just … won’t … play.

Join us as we talk with three experts on designing and producing successful synchronous online events. Karen, Melissa, and Tammy are part of the team that has been producing The eLearning Guild’s Online Forums and various webinars for over a decade, they lead several Guild Academy courses on online-event design and production, and they have worked through just about every challenge to a successful online event imaginable. We’ll review several of these real-life challenges, discuss how we can meet these challenges with grace and ease, and learn what really happened.

Anyone involved with designing, producing, or leading synchronous online events, regardless of experience level.

Please note:
On February 5, 2015, we posted this re-created recording because we were unable to resolve the technical issues with the original Adobe Connect recording. This  recording does not have the same quality and functionality of the original recording, but contains all the significant content from the event.

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Melissa Chambers

Online Instructional Specialist, MSC Consulting

Karen Hyder

Online Event Producer and Speaker Coach, Kaleidoscope Training and Consulting

Tammy Olson

Global Learning Program Manager, Donaldson Company