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Published on Aug 18, 2015
At InSync Training, we believe that leveraging the tools available in the virtual classroom creates consistent and impactful learner engagement. For more information, download the free whitepaper "Virtual Classroom Tool Design Basics: A Virtual Engagement Primer" here: http://bit.ly/1PkJYsq Our "Virtual Classroom Instructional Designer Certificate" course http://bit.ly/1OLe4VG provides in-depth application & design instruction.
When designing blended and online learning, instructional designers recognize that the virtual classroom is radically different than the traditional classroom. So we adapt our engagement techniques in order to create meaningful, learner-centered programs. Platforms like Adobe Connect and Cisco WebEx include tools that can be leveraged to create participant engagement, and offset the absence of eye contact and body language signals that facilitators usually rely on. For example, Surveys, Polls, and Feedback Tools help facilitators create engagement, and determine whether participants understand the material. Conversely participants can use these tools to tell the facilitator what they think of the pace and clarity of the content. Let’s discuss the instructional uses of this group of tools. Surveys are a great way to re-engage participants who don’t seem to be involved. They can also be used to transition to a new topic. Feedback Tools in many virtual classrooms allow participants to provide anonymous feedback about the event. Additionally, Surveys ad Polls can build a sense of community among the participants when the results are shared with the group. It is imperative to know that the capabilities of Surveys, Polls, and Feedback Tools impact how you can use them in your virtual learning program. We recommend asking the following questions about the technical aspects of these features: What survey and or polling tools are available with the platform? Can I share the results with the class? (individual and aggregate) Can I create Polls or Surveys spontaneously? Is the feedback anonymous and confidential? Can results be displayed anonymously? Can I export the data to spreadsheets for analysis? Our “Virtual Classroom Instructional Designer Certificate” course provides this example of generating participant engagement using a Poll…Leveraging Surveys, Polls, and Feedback Tools help you reach ideal engagement in the virtual classroom, because it’s easy to make sure that participants were asked to do something every three to five minutes of instruction. InSync Training provides more information about virtual classroom features, including Surveys, Polls, and Feedback Tools, in the whitepaper “Virtual Classroom Tool Design Basics: A Virtual Engagement Primer.” Download it under “resources” “whitepapers” at WWW dot InSync Training dot com. Additionally, our “Virtual Classroom Instructional Designer Certificate” course provides in-depth application and design instruction. To learn more or register, visit www.InSyncTraining.com and select “certificates” dropdown on the top left-hand side of the homepage. The links for both the whitepaper and course are included in the video description below.