Have you been looking for the right virtual class but can’t seem to decide which vendor to go with or can’t seem find trusted experts to evaluate the effectiveness of your own team’s virtual class?
Virtual class, according to Wikipedia, is a learning solution method that uses a virtual instead of a physical environment. A coach or a facilitator can explain, show, or test particular skills to help with the learning process.
A facilitator provides live instruction in a virtual class. But instead of the facilitator simply giving a lecture like in a webinar, one should structure the class to be participatory and engaging, with participants doing the majority of the tasks. Also called Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) or Virtual Class (VC), the facilitator or instructor leads the training session synchronously.
For virtual classes to be effective, consider these important aspects to improve participation and engagement.
Collaborative Virtual Class
Each year, technology continues to grow and improve on itself. In the corporate world, there are more options for colleagues to collaborate than ever before, especially in a virtual classroom. Amongst the many new service as a software solutions are collaborative mind-mapping apps and polling tools.
The facilitator leading the training should not simply give a lecture and expect learners to just listen. One of the most common assumptions about virtual classes is that it won’t be interesting and that individuals can multitask or check their email while listening. This just does not occur with a qualified virtual trainer using an optimally structured learning solution. They can retain learners’ attention and concentration in various engaging and interactive social learning activities. Having learners interact with each other should be an essential part to each session.
Flexible Instructor Led Training
An organize would offer participants in a virtual training the location flexibility to attend the class, allowing them to fit the training sessions into their schedules while minimizing productivity loss due to travel. One can add further flexibility via blended learning which has periods of live instructor led training (synchronous) and training without a live facilitator (asynchronous). This allows learners to have theory or knowledge learned through self-paced training (e.g., eLearning, reading) and maximize virtual class time for application and activities.
Active Online Class
For both learners and facilitators, virtual training provides an opportunity for innovation through engaging activities. Virtual classrooms created by skilled instructional designers should provide facilitators with new and unique ways to deliver inspirational, engaging, and effective methods of helping their participants learn new skills. This is typically achieved through intentional, learner-focused activities that allow participants to discuss and problem solve. These could be case studies, discussions, role plays, game or more. As a result, learners keep their new knowledge and skills.
No matter how efficient and effective a virtual classroom may be, it is still possible to meet problems like connectivity and technology issues. That is why it is essential for the virtual facilitators and instructional designers to create contingency plans. Additionally, ensuring virtual facilitators are appropriately upskilled for virtual class delivery is critical. As a result, we create many user-friendly resources to ensure there is effective facilitator and learner support.
At Beyond the Sky, we’ve been providing virtual learning solutions for over a decade. Our instructional designers have thousands of hours of expertise to create the most effective, evidence-based virtual training experiences. Therefore, you can be certain that our virtual classrooms offer your team effective services and resources.