Presenting Virtual Classrooms

“77% of organisations in the USA are using virtual learning”*

*Source: “Developing global leaders in a digital world.” Ashridge Executive Education at Hult International Business School. May 2017

  • Are you up to speed with the growing and increasingly versatile technology of Virtual Classrooms, or are you at risk of getting left behind?
  • You may not fully understand the technology, but you can no longer dismiss it. It is becoming mainstream and if you get creative you can use it to do meaningful work, build skills and shift performance.

We have worked with many experienced face to face facilitators and leaders who needed to master the skill of working in virtual classrooms and our approach has enabled them to excel. Continue reading to find out more about our approach.

What will I be able to do after the training?

  • Thoroughly understand the core principles that underpin effective virtual training and facilitation.
  • Use all the Adobe Connect front office functionality as well as being able to navigate core back-office functionality.
  • Design a virtual training session that:
    • Follows the Virtual Learning Cycle (see below) to maximise learning effectiveness.
    • Engages participants mentally and emotionally and which leads to action/ change.
  • Troubleshoot your own and participants’ technical issues regarding logging in, audio, webcam and broadband.

You will also come away from the programme with a comprehensive toolkit that will support you in designing and delivering your own virtual classrooms.

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What’s the structure?

Twelve hours of contact time spread over six sessions – see visual: Presenting Virtual Classrooms journey in overview.

  • Module 1 – 6th Feb. 2018
  • 09:00 – 10:40 UK time
  • Module 2 – 12th Feb. 2018
  • 09:00 – 10:40 UK time
  • Module 3 (coaching) – 26th Feb. 2018
  • AM or PM Session (you choose)
  • Module 3 – 2nd Mar. 2018
  • AM or PM Session (you choose)
  • Module 4 (coaching) – 12th Mar. 2018
  • AM or PM Session (you choose)
  • Module 4 – 16th Mar. 2018
  • AM or PM Session (you choose)
What if I can't make all the dates?

No problem, you can either view the recording of the session or if that isn't practical you can attend that same module on an alternative date in the next 12 months.

Do you have other course dates?

We run this course about once per quarter. Send an email to and we will let you have the next set of course dates.

NB. Whilst the training will be based upon Adobe Connect, the design and delivery principles will be applicable to other platforms. During the programme we will review the pros and cons of different platforms.

Approach & Methodology

During the past three years, we have developed an approach to virtual learning that maximizes the effectiveness of this learning technology. It addresses the main challenges we have seen when experienced face-to-face L&D Professionals begin to transition into the virtual world.

Because they are in their own transition process (along with participants) they frequently get too focused on the technology and it is easy to lose sight of WHY they are doing what they are doing. This can manifest in using the available tools for the sake of it (gimicky), often resulting in low levels of learning effectiveness.

We have developed a Virtual Learning Cycle that addresses this challenge. It has a number of elements as shown below. We model these during the PVC programme.

1) Introduce (pre-course work)

Participants complete short pre-course activities with the purpose of:

  • Preparing them for the course by providing a clear outline of the objectives.
  • Maximising the learning during face-to-face time in the virtual classroom.
  • Providing an opportunity for them to identify their personal learning objectives – so they start to engage with the course content by seeing how it could benefit them.

2) Connect

Participants complete short welcome activities that include:

  • Building rapport between themselves, their colleagues and the facilitator.
  • Answering some questions that have varying degrees of ease/challenge – to help them relax and start engaging with the content.
  • Helping them understand how the technology works and the rules of engagement within this class – to create both comfort with the technology and psychological safety.
  • Highlighting the benefits of the topic to be covered which should arouse interest.
  • Sharing both the challenges they currently face (related to the content) and opportunities the learning will provide.

3) Learn

The new concept, theory, skill or technique is taught using the appropriate method (e.g., video, presentation, and modeling).

4) Apply

Participants practice applying the learning in interactive exercises using breakouts, quizzes, games, discussions and clinics to:

  • Build confidence and understanding.
  • Stimulate questions or areas for further clarification.
  • Practice in a safe environment with support.
  • Check their understanding of the topic.
  • Get feedback on how they are progressing.

5) Embed & Support

Participants apply the learning to their own real-life situations. This is achieved through activities, such as, reflection, answering questions, discussing a real-life scenario they face and planning to apply what they have learnt. This has the purpose of enabling them to:

  • Transition the learning back into the workplace.
  • Identify how and when they will use their new learning and insights.
  • Proactively bridge the gap between the classroom and their role.

About Matthew

Matthew has spent the last 25 years working in the field of personal and organisation change, most of it with large corporates. Most recently he spent nine years as a Senior Manager at KPMG. Out of a desire to work more holistically, in 2005 he completed a MSc in Change Agent Skills and Strategies.

He began using virtual classrooms when the technology was in his infancy and has stuck with it! He brings substantial expertise in both presenting virtual classrooms as well as training L&D professionals and technicians in this skill. He has personally trained over 170 professionals to present virtual classrooms.

His clients frequently say he has done an excellent job at upskilling their people, enabling them to excel in the virtual world and rapidly become self-sufficient.