Virtual Classroom Training

Monday, April 30, 2018

Four Sessions - Four Hours

We’ve gathered four of our favorite Virtual Classroom Training Experts to build a Playlist just for TLDC Members and Subscribers. Meet some of the best and brightest working with Virtual Classrooms in L&D.

Monday, April 30

The Playlist begins at 8a PT/11a ET/4p GMT. These are more than webinars, they’re interactive, live-streaming broadcasts with opportunities for lots of Q&A and discussion.

Real Conversations – Real Experts

Interact & Engage: How to Take your Virtual Training from DRAB to FAB!

8a PT/11a ET/4p GMT

Kassy LaBorie

Kassy LaBorie

Whether it’s an online meeting, a presentation via webinar, or live online training, engagement is the main question on everyone’s mind. Will it be worth my time to attend or will it be an opportunity to check email instead? Online meeting technology is powerful and has made it easy to connect with people from anywhere in the world at any time, yet we often still struggle with getting everyone to interact. Interaction is the answer to successful engagement and using the features of the platform is the answer to interaction. However, the features alone do not engage the participants. It is what you choose to do with those features that will make the difference in your next virtual training, webinar, or meeting. Learn what you can do to be successful in the virtual environment and avoid everyone asking for a recording or a copy of the slides five minutes into your next virtual event. In this session, you’ll learn:


  • Describe how engaging live online meetings, webinars, and training events are delivered.
  • Determine the appropriate level of interaction to create impactful live online events.
  • Analyze activities for specific engagement techniques to apply to your own activity design.

About Kassy LaBorie
Kassy LaBorie is the principal consultant at Kassy LaBorie Consulting, LLC. She is a speaker, instructional designer, classroom facilitator, and author who specializes in virtual learning, teams, and live online technology. Kassy is passionate about helping organizations, learning teams, and training professionals successfully move to the virtual environment.

Kassy is the co-author of Interact and Engage! 50+ Activities for Virtual Training, Meetings, and Webinars. A frequent speaker at industry conferences since 2006, she has presented at Training Magazine events including their yearly conference and Online Learning Conferences, Chief Learning Officer symposiums, The Virtual Learning Show, ATD’s TechKnowledge and International Conference & Exposition, as well as many local ATD Chapter events.

For more information about Kassy, visit her website:

Instructional Design and Facilitation

Session 2 – 9a PT/Noon ET/5p GMT

Jo Cook

Jo Cook

Is designing for e-learning, instructor-led training and the virtual classroom all the same? Each delivery method has its nuances, plus points and restrictions. This session focuses on how what to take into account when designing your session for the virtual classroom – the platform, the activities and how to facilitate them as well as how to overcome not being able to see your attendees.

As with all the best live online learning experiences, this session will be interactive via the chat panel and questions area for you to get really involved in the topic and ask what it is you need to learn.

Covered in this session will be:

  • Similarities and differences when designing virtual sessions compared to face to face
  • What to take into account with the technology platform and how it affects design and facilitation
  • A template to follow for designing the delivery detail
  • Facilitation tips

About Jo Cook
Jo Cook specializes in virtual classrooms, webinars and live online platforms. Her passion is in helping and supporting teams, professionals and organisations embrace the benefits of the virtual classroom for delivering great learning.

Through her company Lightbulb Moment, Jo has specialised in training learning professionals about virtual classroom design and delivery since 2013 and has spoken on various topics at conferences such as Learning Technologies, Online Educa Berlin and keynoted for Colleges Wales about digital learning.

Jo is also part-time is the Deputy Editor of Training Journal magazine and website and her background includes: further and higher education; the charity sector; small and large organisations, including CNN News and Bupa International.

Find out more about Jo and her work on her website: and follow @LightbulbJo on Twitter

Session 3 – 10a PT/1p ET/6p GMT

Brain-based Principles for Engagement and Retention in the Virtual Classroom

Cynthia Clay

Cynthia Clay

Without some kind of reinforcement, people forget 90% of what they’ve learned in the classroom within one week! As trainers and instructional designers, what can we learn from brain research into how the brain retains information that will help us design programs that engage attention and encourage long-term retention? If you’ve ever had a hunch that certain learning experiences work better than others, the chances are good that there is a solid neurological principle to back that up.

In this engaging TLDCast, we’ll explore four brain-based principles that result in maximum attention, engagement, learning retention and application. Brain researchers know that the challenge of moving information from short-term to long-term memory requires us to encode, store, and retrieve it repeatedly. We have to help people get past the “I already know that” filter by presenting content in novel and creative ways. We must create safe learning spaces for people to explore, tackle challenges, fail, reflect and adopt new practices to succeed. We must light up the reward center in our learners’ brains. Our job as designers and facilitators for the virtual classroom is to move people through thinking, doing, giving feedback, and receiving feedback as they build new synapses that support long-term retention and application of critical concepts.

Join this session to explore four principles (two principles that support engagement and two principles that support retention). You will change the way you design and deliver learning experiences as you leverage the neuroscience of learning to ensure on-the-job behavior change and application of new skills.

About Cynthia Clay
Cynthia Clay is the CEO of NetSpeed Learning Solutions and the author of Great Webinars: How to Create Interactive Learning that is Captivating, Informative, and Fun! and the co-author of Peer Power: Transforming Workplace Relationships. Her company helps virtual learners and virtual leaders increase their effectiveness in digital environments.

NetSpeed Learning Solutions provides licensed instructor-led virtual programs that help employees, supervisors, and managers communicate effectively, resolve conflict, provide strong customer service, and lead individuals and teams in the virtual workplace. They also work with clients who want to transition from the face-to-face classroom to interactive, blended virtual learning.  Their clients include Navy Federal Credit Union, Marriott, Grainger, Novartis, National Park Service, Transportation Security Administration, and Genentech/Roche.

Cynthia is a passionate advocate of brain-based learning and works with instructional designers and virtual facilitators to apply stellar practices in the virtual classroom.

Trends in Virtual Training: What’s Now, What’s New, and What’s Next


11a PT/2p ET/7p GMT

Cindy Huggett

Cindy Huggett

In this interactive online session with virtual learning expert Cindy Huggett, you’ll learn what’s new in virtual training and the latest trends impacting it. And you’ll learn how to prepare yourself and your organization for what’s coming down the road.

We will examine several interesting developments, including the implications of mobile devices for live online learning, the move towards short live learning snippets, and the explosion of video in live online classes. We’ll also give you opportunity to compare your virtual training initiatives to modern learner expectations.

You will leave this session with tangible ideas that can be immediately applied to help keep you “in the know” and ready for virtual training in 2018, 2019 and beyond!

About Cindy Huggett
Cindy Huggett, CPLP, is a consultant, speaker, designer, facilitator, and author who specializes in technology, leadership, and learning.

She’s written four books on virtual training: Virtual Training Tools and Templates: An Action Guide for Live Online Learning (2017), The Virtual Training Guidebook: How to Design, Deliver, and Implement Live Online Learning (2014) and Virtual Training Basics (1st ed. 2010, 2nd ed. 2018).

She helps organizations and training professionals move to the virtual classroom. Find out more about Cindy on her website:

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