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Brainstorming Sessions: The Facilitator’s Role

The facilitator role is a key role in brainstorming sessions. A strong facilitator is necessary to bring out ideas and keep the session moving forward and the participants focused. The facilitator does not participate in the session.

The facilitator of brainstorming sessions has the following responsibilities:

Keep the ideas flowing from participants in the session […]

Virtual Training Best Practices - Common Collaboration Tools

There are a variety of collaboration tools common to virtual training environments that enable you to effectively engage participants and enable for them to collaborate and share with each other. These include:




Brainstorming solutions to case studies/problems Summarizing what participants have learned using annotation tools Having participants debrief on their individual […]

Virtual Training Best Practices -Managing the Time

Some activities done in the classroom are more difficult to manage in a virtual training environment. Here are a few common activities that, when not well managed, take up significant time in the virtual classroom and detract from the learning environment.


Alternative Solution(s)

Participant introductions

Send an email with a survey link to […]

Virtual Training Best Practices - Logistics

Prior to the start of a virtual training session, send an email confirmation to participants with the following information:

Logistics/Pre-Session Information

Virtual session date(s) and time(s) Duration of the class Trainer/Facilitator name/contact information URL and Participant login in information and URL (connection details) Audio or conference call information Computer system requirements Technology checks to be […]

Virtual Training Best Practices - Using Polling

Polling enables virtual instructors to ensure students are paying attention and remain engaged during teaching. Polls are brief survey questions asked in real time to students. They can be single answer, multiple choice or open ended. I might use a poll question in the middle of a lecture to check in with students. When […]