THE NEW VIRTUAL CLASSROOM
Evidence–Based Guidelines for Synchronous e–Learning
ORGANIZATIONS involved in workforce learning have embraced the virtual classroom, a synchronous form of e–learning, which offers powerful instructional environments while saving travel time and costs associated with face–to–face classroom training. However, virtual classroom technology must be leveraged in ways that promote learning or the cost savings are merely an illusion.
The New Virtual Classroom draws on current research in multimedia learning as well as practitioner experience to show how to effectively harness the power of the virtual classroom. Written by Ruth Clark, co–author of the best selling e–Learning & the Science of Instruction, and Ann Kwinn both recognized experts in instructional design and workforce learning, this important resource includes guidelines, research, and illustrative examples that clearly show how to leverage the powerful instructional features in the new virtual classroom.
A practical resource, the book includes the key guidelines for initiating and maintaining participant engagement in virtual classroom sessions. Specifically, you will learn how to leverage the whiteboard with meaningful visuals, create social presence with audio, and maintain involvement with frequent effective interactions using polling, whiteboard, application sharing, audio and chat facilities. Beyond these fundamentals, you can learn how to manage cognitive load, blend your virtual classroom with other learning events, and adapt problem–based learning designs to virtual classroom technology.
The book also outlines the seven principles of effective virtual classroom design and offers tested techniques for converting face–to–face classroom courses into virtual classroom events as well as creating virtual classroom events from scratch.
An accompanying CD includes three short virtual classroom lessons to demonstrate the basic techniques described in the book. In the demonstrations you will see how to apply virtual classroom technology to a lesson teaching computer procedures as well as to more conceptual content.
1. Meet the New Virtual Classroom.
PART ONE. LEARNING AND THE NEW VIRTUAL CLASSROOM.
2. Learning in the New Virtual Classroom.
3. Features to Exploit in the New Virtual Classroom.
4. Teaching Content Types in the New Virtual Classroom.
PART TWO. ENGAGING PARTICIPANTS IN THE NEW VIRTUAL CLASSROOM.
5. Visualize Your Message.
6. Make It Active: Planning Interactions in the New Virtual Classroom.
7. Make It Active: Maximizing Engagement in the New Virtual Classroom.
PART THREE. OPTIMIZING YOUR VIRTUAL EVENTS.
8. Manage Mental Load in the New Virtual Classroom.
9. Make a Good First Impression.
10. Packaging Your Virtual Classroom Session.
11. Problem–Based Learning in the New Virtual Classroom.
PART FOUR: CREATING EFFECTIVE LEARNING EVENTS IN THE NEW VIRTUAL CLASSROOM.
12. Getting Started in the New Virtual Classroom.
About the Authors.
Ruth Colvin Clark is the founder of Clark Training and Consulting and a recognized specialist in instructional design and technical training. Clark was the 2006 recipient of the Tom Gilbert award for distinguished professional achievement from ISPI and is an invited 2007 Legend Speaker for ASTD. Ruth is author of the award–winning books e–Learning and the Science of Instruction and Building Expertise
Ann Kwinn is partner and director of e–Learning for Clark Training and Consulting. In the past 19 years, she has designed, managed, and consulted on over 30 e–learning programs, some awardwinning. Kwinn was a research fellow at ETS and taught at University of California Irvine. She has written over 30 articles, book chapters, and reviews and is co–author of the online book, The eLearning Guild′s Handbook on Synchronous eLearning.