Tweets covering the LTSF17 live online learning conference session

“Making the most of your live online session” was the presentation I delivered at Learning Technologies Conference Summer Forum 2017.

Click for LTSF webinar session description

LTSF webinar session description

These are the tweets that covered my session about webinars and the virtual classroom.

Ady Howes had a 360 degree camera and recorded the session. I’ll update this page when we have a video link!

My session was one of the last of the day, against stiff competition of conference Chairman himself, Donald H Taylor, as well as 702010 God Charles Jennings! I still had a packed, sold out room though.

As Kate mentions, each conference session has a person tweeting the highlights, which was the lovely Joan Keevill.

Many thanks to @Obhi and @Designs_JoanK for their tweets.

Remember to download the paper that goes with this session.

And you can also join us for the webinar version!

Facilitator Guide for live online classroom

This is a free Lightbulb Moment resources of a blank facilitator guide, session plan, lesson plan (or whatever name you want to use!) that you may wish to use as a starting point for your live online sessions, virtual classrooms and webinars.

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Click for the Word document: facilitator-guide-blank-lightbulb-moment-jo-cook

Main facilitation section

What you can see in the main part of the document is:

  • Space for the slide thumbnail
    • Easier to update and add slides than change slide numbers
    • Easy visual reference when delivering
    • Doesn’t replace a print or screen of the slides with any detail on it that you might need
  • The facilitator column with script/information for delivery and key question points
    • It’s up to you what is right for your team in terms of the amount of ‘script’ that is on the document. Good facilitators will use this as a guide and life to their delivery
    • The questions in red help experienced facilitators highlight the important question point
  • The producer column is great for if you have someone in a host or more technical support role
    • Even if delivering content solo, I use this column to hold technical information, such as links or questions to paste into the chat window, tabs/pods to select and so on
    • You could re-purpose this column to be for co-delivery too
  • Technical and interaction notes as screen-grabbed icons of the software system
    • This makes it very quick and easy to process the input from the attendees – the chat icon tells me to say “Please type your response in chat” or the tick/check/cross/X tells me to ask for the response this way. It cuts down the need for this to be scripted
    • Ensuring that there is lots if meaningful, varied interaction will hold people’s attention and assist with their learning
  • Time on slide might seem strange to plan down to the 30 seconds – it’s not set in stone, but is an aide to know if something is a quick statement versus an interactive discussion
  • Having the elapsed time in minutes is helpful to keep on track
    • I have this in minutes and hours so that it doesn’t matter what time I start the session, I don’t have to mentally think “Oh, it says 10.27am, but today I started at 2.00pm…”

Opening pages

The first few pages contain some useful elements of design:

  1. A one page overview to help when planning initially and for trainer’s/facilitators to get a feel for the session
  2. An Adobe Connect specific table to help ensure planning and building of rooms and materials is correct
  3. The last section is a legend and icons to copy and paste into the document

Yours!

Please use this document as you see fit and update as you need to.

It would be great comment your thoughts, adaptations and changes that might help other people.

Resistance to live online learning – webinar links

I delivered a webinar for the LPI about why there is resistance to online learning, and some tips of how to overcome them.

Here are all the links to the research I mentioned:

LPI certifications, COLF and CDOL: https://www.thelpi.org/certification/

An Exploratory Study Comparing Two Modes of Preparation for Online Teaching: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21532974.2012.10784695#preview

Virtual Spaces: Employing a Synchronous Online Classroom to Facilitate Student Engagement in Online Learning: http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/605/1264

Beat the Hype Cycle: Get people to use the web presentation tools you’ve paid for By Wayne Turmel: http://www.remoteleadershipinstitute.com/beat-hype-special-report/

Video conference call in real life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMOOG7rWTPg

Video conference call in real life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMOOG7rWTPg

Use of Synchronous Virtual Classrooms: Why, Who, and How? http://jolt.merlot.org/vol10no2/martin_0614.pdf

Factors affecting faculty use of learning technologies: implications for models of technology adoption: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/12277/1/Buchanan-Sainter-Saunders_JCHE_final_author_version.pdf

Beat the Hype Cycle: Get people to use the web presentation tools you’ve paid for By Wayne Turmel: http://www.greatwebmeetings.com/beating-hype-cycle-how-get-people-use-web-presentation-tools-youve-already-paid

In-Focus: Preparing for the Future of Learning: http://www.towardsmaturity.org/article/2016/05/09/in-focus-preparing-future-learning-2016/

Spaced-practice: FREE White Paper & 10 practical ways to make it happen: http://donaldclarkplanb.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/spaced-practice-8-practical-ways-to.html

Is it about time we forget Ebbinghaus? http://www.hrzone.com/talent/development/is-it-about-time-we-forget-ebbinghaus

Learning Live 2016: The secret to successful virtual learning sessions: http://goo.gl/UGu001

Relationships not robots – Flight Hospitality Annual Conference

I’ve been invited to speak at the Flight Hospitality 2016 annual conference, where the theme is Relationships not Robots.

My session is discussing whether the virtual classroom, or live online delivery, is friend or foe.

This post is a summary of some of the key points and quotes with links to original research.

From the session

“The issue is no longer whether or not online learning is or should occur, but rather
how it is implemented”

From: An Exploratory Study Comparing Two Modes of Preparation for Online Teaching

 

Researched reasons for not using live online learning:

More “trouble than it’s worth”

Fear of technology

Hated web meeting/webinars: long and boring

From: Beat the Hype Cycle: Get people to use the web presentation tools you’ve paid for By Wayne Turmel

I also referenced the funny “video conference call in real life“.

 

“Two key variables influence intention to make use of a technology: perceived
usefulness and perceived ease of use”

From: Factors affecting faculty use of learning technologies: implications for models of
technology adoption

 

“What motivates people to learn online? 76% want to do their job faster and better”

From: 70+20+10=100 The Evidence Behind the Numbers Towards Maturity

 

“Those reporting directly to the line of business support double the number of
learners with fewer resources”

From: http://www.towardsmaturity.org/article/2016/05/09/in-focus-preparing-future-
learning-2016/

 

“If instructors are aware of the ease in which virtual classrooms can be set up and
used, they may be more inclined to use this technology to carry out online
instruction more effectively”

From: Use of Synchronous Virtual Classrooms: Why, Who, and How?

“Both students and tutors were positive about using … online tutoring, and …
interactions were perceived as successful”

This is from a report in 2007 – it’s 9 years old and we are still having pockets of
resistance!

From: Virtual Spaces: Employing a Synchronous Online Classroom to Facilitate Student
Engagement in Online Learning

 

I used a graph of research about why people leave webinars early, from The Virtual Presenter.

 

“Over 75% of people who present using online tools do so for the first time with
innocent victims on the other end”

From the Remote Leadership Institute: http://www.remoteleadershipinstitute.com/communication/do-you-suffer-from-
glossowebinaphobia/

Live online learning, friend or foe? At CLC Member’s Seminar – March 2016

I was invited to the Charity Learning Consortium’s March Member’s Seminar and facilitated a session about live online learning, or virtual classroom’s. I titled the session “friend or foe” as there can be so much challenge, negativity, mindset or attitude issues when looking towards something new, especially when that involves technology.

I haven’t got any slides here to share, as it was a covnersation I facilitated that had no slides and no structure. Instead, below, I’ve captured the tweets from the session to give you a flavour and also say thank you to the kind comments that people made about my facilitation too.

If you do want some more on this subject, look on my other pages about articles, videos and recorded webinars.

Thank you to Training Journal, Tim Scott and others for their tweets.