Web conferencing systems, such as WebEx and Adobe Connect, provide engaging and interactive live, online learning and communications for widely distributed participants. Virtual classrooms are now a must-have resource that is revolutionising the way we learn.
Why should you be using live, online learning?
Live, online learning breaks the shackles of the physical classroom - offering shorter durations, reaching learners anywhere in the world, removing class size limits, increasing participation through interactive technologies.
Now your best subject matter experts are consistently delivering engaging and interactive learning, without the disruption and costs associated with reaching a dispersed workforce.
But there is more to this opportunity. It is a transforming approach. Live, online learning in virtual classrooms REALLY DOES WORK!
A modern platform approach means you can combine Live, Online Learning with your other methods for learning. A true blended learning approach; linking documents, video, eLearning courses, podcasts, quizzes, practical exercises, on-the-job assignments and online discussions.
So why aren't virtual classrooms being used to their FULL POTENTIAL?
If you don’t get it right, frustrated learners will abandon your new approach! As Microsoft's first partner for distance learning delivery in 2008, this was the biggest risk we had to overcome and it still is one of the main reasons organisations are reluctant to use virtual classrooms.
It is essential to have the right infrastructure and processes that will support a high volume virtual classroom delivery operation, and mitigate the risks that affect them.
To gain benefits at scale you need to address;
- Administrative overhead. For example, registering and tracking large groups of learners on a series of virtual classroom events.
- Risk mitigation. Learners not understanding the purpose through missing instructions issued through disparate systems, not having the means to check that correct links have been issued, or not implementing an efficient system to chase absent attendees.
- Blended framework. Integrating with pre and post session materials and giving context to other learning activities.