Podcast 234 — Facilitating virtual classrooms

If you're a trainer missing the thrill of face-to-face learning, but embracing online facilitation nevertheless, then this episode is for you!

Written by Gemma Towersey
Published 02 March 2021
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Podcast 234 — Facilitating virtual classrooms

This week on the Good Practice Podcast, Gemma chats to Jo Cook and Gaëlle Watson to explore the possibilities that digital life offers facilitators.

We discuss: 

  • The shifts that have taken place in  
  • What facilitators can do to enhance the online learning experiences they offer 
  • What further changes might happen as we move into mixed modalities. 

Gaëlle mentioned Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind by Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hofstede and Michael Minkov. It's available at all good booksellers. 

Jo talked about her experience with online games in 'What I learnt this week'. She mentioned Steam which is available here: https://store.steampowered.com/ and Table Top Simulator: https://store.steampowered.com/app/286160/Tabletop_Simulator/ 

Gemma referred to Ann Morgan's reading list: https://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/thelist/ and her BBC Four Thought podcast, which is available here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000myyp 

Gaëlle Watson

Gaëlle Watson

Managing Director, SyncSkills

Gaëlle is a certified online facilitator and coach whose work received an E-learning Award in 2014 in the category “Best use of synchronous online learning/Virtual Classroom”. Gaëlle founded SyncSkills to enable trainers and training organisation to move to the virtual classroom with ease and her personalised programmes enable them to get the support to confidently embrace new opportunities.
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Gemma Towersey

Gemma Towersey

Learning Experience Manager, Emerald Works

Gemma is a learning designer and workplace coach, out to help people and organisations across the world make positive changes. She works with clients across the globe to design creative, enjoyable training that meets organisational goals. She enjoys bringing love of learning, stories and people together for exciting results.
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Jo Cook

Jo Cook

Director, Lightbulb Moment

Jo has over 20 years experience in L&D roles in a variety of sectors and organisations. The journey of helping people to improve their training led her to live online learning in 2013.​

Jo was immediately excited at the potential she saw in live online learning. With a strong background in IT she knew it would help shape the future of the learning industry and business' approach to staff development.

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Gemma Towersey

Gemma Towersey

Learning Experience Manager, Emerald Works
Gemma is a learning designer and workplace coach, out to help people and organisations across the world make positive changes. She works with clients across the globe to design creative, enjoyable training that meets organisational goals. She enjoys bringing love of learning, stories and people together for exciting results.

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