Pull Up a Virtual Chair During Online Training Sessions

June 13, 2012

Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2 #15
By Wendy Kirkpatrick

Have you ever been teaching an online program and thought, “Anyone out there?” Us too.

Here are some methods that we use during our virtual programs to “pull up a (virtual) chair” using the Adobe Connect platform:

  1. Besides formal polling questions, sometimes Jim and I just pause and ask a question in the general chat. I quickly type in the question and ask people to just type in their thoughts and ideas. The types of questions we ask in this regard are things like:
    • Have you ever done this?
    • How did it go?
    • What methods have worked for you?
    • What advice can you offer to (insert name) on this question?
    • Do you think this will work for you?
    • What concerns do you have about this?
  2. We encourage people to ask questions in the general chat anytime, instead of asking people to hold questions for a more formalized “question and answer” time at the end of a module or session.
  3. Our online course is multiple sessions, so we do a short evaluation at the end of each session, with one of the questions being, “Is there anything that you would like to see changed in the next session?” The last question of the evaluation is, “If there is anything you would like to discuss with one of us prior to the next session, please give us your contact information here.”

If you have any additional ideas for how to PUC during in-person or virtual training, please post them below.

Additional resources:

Kirkpatrick Four Levels™ Evaluation Certification Program – Bronze Level

Kirkpatrick Four Levels™ Evaluation Certificate Program

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