Live online learning – ask the experts

by Viv Cole on May 28, 2012

On 30 May I’ll be chairing an eLearning Network webinar on Ten things you always wanted to know about live online learning but were afraid to ask. I’m pleased to introduce three expert practitioners Mike Collins of Directline @mikecollins007, Phil Green of Olignment @philipgreen and Matt Turner of Brightwave @LiveTimeLearn. Looks like it will be a great session, be there if you can: register and ask questions via You can also follow the action via #elnevent

Of the many questions that people sent in the 10 that seemed most representative were:

  1. What is the best way to start a session while waiting for people to log-in?
  2. What proportion of time should be spent on socialising participants?
  3. Tips on how you keep control of the event and ensure participation
  4. How can breakout sessions be made easier to set up/ run and manage to keep learners engaged?
  5. How do you know what you’re doing is working with your audience?
  6. What virtual classroom technology would you recommend?
  7. What factors influence the success or failure of virtual classrooms in terms of effectiveness?
  8. How effective is virtual classrooms training in comparison with traditional classroom training?
  9. How do you change the learning culture to treat VCT as seriously as ILT?
  10. What tips do you have for bringing a buzz to online learning?

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Viv Cole May 31, 2012 at 11:23 am

Courtesy of Tony Frascina, here are 10 tips for great live online learning that he summarised from the session:
1 Start on time and make sure people know to set up well beforehand, not at the start time.
2 Pre-course socialising. Look at the context first. It’s important, but it depends [e.g. on length of session]!
3 Use breakout rooms for complex clearly defined activity, keep groups small.
4 Keeping people engaged Use simple interaction. Get people to respond.
5 Choice of technology. Need to consider cost, flexibility, robustness and effectiveness for teaching.
6 Use a mix of media, but keep things simple.
7 Live online learning works really well for system training.
8 Getting buy in – Make it interesting; don’t force it; it’s not about gimmicks; demonstrate the value!
9 Bring a buzz to online learning by making as many people as possible actively involved. Avoid passive!
10 Managing people in a virtual classroom is just the same as in face to face. Remember group dynamics still happen.


Viv Cole June 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm

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