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Getting the most of out the Live Virtual Classroom

Whilst the idea of e-learning and online learning has been around for many, many years, it has only really gained momentum since we hit the 2000s.

Back in 2007 when the ASC T&D team designed and delivered our first online training course, the field was still developing. Most training was still being delivered in a traditional classroom environment, with online learning most often relegated to the static delivery of material that allowed participants to progress at their own pace.

Fast forward to 2020 and the virtual learning environment has fundamentally changed the way content is delivered to learners. Of course, the advent of COVID-19 has also had a significant impact on the interest in e-learning.

Here at ASC T&D we’ve seen a significant increase in the uptake of our courses delivered as live virtual classrooms. The willingness to adapt to the new online learning environment has been heartening and overwhelmingly the feedback from participants has been positive.

 

“LVC’s are a fantastic way to learn, I highly enjoy them and encourage further use of sessions in this format”

 

Whilst many of us are now familiar and comfortable with online meetings, participating in a full-day training session in a live virtual classroom can be a little intimidating, especially if it is your first time.

 

“I was extremely nervous about using technology. I feel that I have gained a lot with this course”

“…now less technophobic.”

 

 

So let’s take a look at what you can, and should, do to get the most out of your live virtual classroom experience.

Before the session

  • Take the time to set up a comfortable and distraction free environment – the distraction-free environment provided by a physical classroom allows you to focus on the learning task at hand, so replicate this bycreating a distraction-free learning space for your virtual classroom. Put away any items that might draw your attention away from training (both physical and digital). Mute your email notifications, or better still close your email down during lesson time (if you need, you’ll be able to check it in the breaks).
  • Familiarise yourself with the platform – if the platform isn’t one you’ve used before, take a few moments to familiarise yourself with the set-up. It can be good to find the mute button, chat and Q&A functions and to also play around with the different ‘views’ available to you.
  • Do any pre-reading or pre-session activities that have been set – this is not explicit to the virtual classroom of course, but will enable you to get the most of out your session.

During the session

  • Mute your mic when you are not talking – in a classroom environment, it is a good idea to mute your mic when you are not talking as this minimises background noise for all those in the ‘room’. Having familiarised yourself with the platform prior to the session, flicking it on and off should be straightforward.
  • If you have a question, ask it – as the saying goes, there is no such thing as a stupid question. If you’re unsure of something or want clarification, ask. Depending on the platform and the facilitator’s preference, you may need to virtually raise your hand or perhaps post your question to the Q&A section. Staying engaged by asking questions and paying attention is key to the success of a virtual learning environment.
  • Take part in interactive exercises – one of the most enjoyable aspects of learning in a physical classroom is the interaction with other learners. Happily, this experience can still be enjoyed while in a virtual classroom. Get involved in these exercises and make the most of chance to collaborate, share ideas, and gain other perspectives as it will greatly enhance your learning experience.

ASC Training & Development delivers a range of management and leadership courses focused on developing and strengthening the skills needed to thrive in a leadership role.  The programs are suitable for range of skill levels, from experienced leaders to those aspiring to leadership and management roles. Many of our programs are offered as live virtual classrooms.

Further information can be found on our website or feel free to give us a call to discuss your specific needs.