Engaging your Virtual Learners
Keeping learners' attention can be a challenge when facilitating a virtual learning experience. Making good use of the technology as well as your primary connection to the learners - your voice - will help you keep learners engaged.
Send a personal note or IM to each learner as they sign on to welcome them.
Ask learners to raise their hand virtually to respond to questions or share experiences.
Let learners know at the beginning of the session that you might call on them to share their experiences.
Let learners know that that their participation is expected - not optional.
Use the technology icons; e.g. "If you agree change your status to green" or "If you think you might apply this in your job, change your status to a smiley face".
Ask questions, just as you would in a classroom; ask a clearly worded question and pause to give your learners time to respond (up to 10 seconds, if needed).
Use the whiteboard so learners can write thoughts/responses
Remember all your presentation skills regarding voice tone, pace and inflection. Sit up - or even stand up - so that you are fully engaged and energized. Your energy will then transfer through the phone to your participants!