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Virtual Classroom Dos and Donts for Professionals

duration: 1 day
format: Virtual course
level: Intermediate
accreditation: CPD


Virtual courses and online learning offers participants the opportunity to work and learn remotely using a variety of digital tools. The rise of online learning classrooms and virtual teaching has only increased during this unprecedented time – one of the main effects of COVID-19 for professionals around the world. As classrooms shift to virtual platforms you might assume that little or no preparation is needed for the parties on either side of the screen. Many might also assume that it’s a “passive” method of studying and acquiring knowledge. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Virtual courses and online learning can be as interactive and successful as traditional learning, but they require more effort and preparation: participants still enrolled in classes are meeting online and need to demonstrate to the instructors that they are present, paying attention and actively participating. On the other hand, instructors need to assure and verify that full connectivity (visual and vocal) exists among the virtual classroom. This is the only way the virtual interaction and learning process will be fully successful.

Before attending any virtual course, it is very important to understand some common rules for good online etiquette. This ensures that the knowledge which is conveyed during the course is received fully, correctly and without any disturbance.

This workshop is a great opportunity to learn how to fully benefit from any virtual class training and online learning process. During this 1–day session some definite do’s and don’ts for the participants in the virtual classroom will be presented, explained and tested.

This is an interactive preparatory workshop that should be taken by everyone who will be attending virtual courses offered by GeoModes and those who attend virtual meetings on a daily basis during their professional work.

The course is designed for:

  • Anyone who attends virtual meeting on a daily basis
  • Anyone who will be attending a virtual class or course offered by GeoModes
  • Anyone who would like to improve their understanding of the virtual communication process
  • Anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable with the virtual courses, online learning and virtual interactions
  • Anyone who doesn’t know whether his/her technical specifications and settings are good enough to attend a virtual course

Course objectives

During the workshop, participants will gain in-depth understanding of how to prepare themselves and their workstations for any virtual course or virtual professional meeting. Firstly, a technical walkthrough and the workstations technical setting testing will be performed. Subsequently, participants will learn about the virtual etiquette and familiarize themselves with the dos and don’ts of any virtual interactions. Finally, the concepts of effective virtual interactions will be learnt.

Introduction – Technical Requirements

  • Reliable computer
  • Broadband/fast speed internet connection
  • Microphone settings
  • Camera settings
  • Videocall settings
  • Testing your technical settings
  • No excuses for bad tech

Digital tools used during the virtual interactions

  • Dashboards and white boards
  • Breakout rooms
  • Real-time collaboration tools
  • Video-conferencing software

Making virtual interaction effective for you

  • Punctuality
  • Personal introduction and online presence
  • Sharing content with others
  • Asking questions
  • Virtual breaks
  • Muting your microphone
  • Switching your camera on/off
  • Background disruptions – setting up your space

Virtual etiquette

  • Cultural aspects of the online presence
  • Making assumptions during the online presence
  • Being respectful
  • Being prepared
  • Virtual interactions and collaborations do’s and don’ts

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