Podcast 237 — Designing virtual classrooms

This week on The Good Practice Podcast, we're following up on our recent virtual classroom facilitation episode with an in-depth look at design.

Written by Ross Garner
Published 23 March 2021
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Podcast 237 — Designing virtual classrooms
Jennifer Lindsay-Finan and Karen Vieth, both of InSync Training, share their experience and advice.


We discuss:

  • when virtual classrooms are most appropriate
  • the team's process for planning virtual classrooms
  • the biggest mistakes people make in virtual classroom design.

For more from us, including access to our back catalogue of podcasts, visit emeraldworks.com. There, you'll also find details of our award winning performance support toolkit, our off-the-shelf e-learning, and our custom work.

For more from InSync Training, visit insynctraining.com.

We didn't have time to discuss it on the show, but InSync is WBENC and WEConnect certified as a women-owned business. If you'd like to find out more about what this means, visit wbenc.org and weconnectinternational.org

And don't forget! If you'd like to join the conversation, the team behind The Good Practice Podcast will be on Clubhouse on Thursday, March 25th, at 3pm (UK-time). Search for 'The Mind Tools Club' if you'd like to join.

Finally, in 'What I Learned This Week', Ross shared that he's been playing 4-player chess on chess.com.

Jennifer Lindsay-Finan

Jennifer Lindsay-Finan

Contract Virtual Facilitator, Designer and Producer, InSync Training

Jennifer designs and delivers online training and virtual workshops for workplaces at home in the UK and abroad, facilitating and providing technical assistance with synchronous virtual classrooms.
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Karen Vieth

Karen Vieth

Director of Training and Functional Facilitation Lead consultant, InSync Training

Karen has over 15 years experience training, producing and designing for the online synchronous environment. She currently works as the Director of Training and Functional Facilitation Lead consultant at InSync Training, the recognized experts in live online learning.
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Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Head of Learning Experience, Emerald Works

Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the GoodPractice Podcast.
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About the author

Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Head of Learning Experience
Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the Good Practice Podcast.

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