TLDC: Jo Cook Q+A Session around Live Online Learning
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Last week, Jo Cook of Lighbulb Moment was a featured guest (she was amazing + dynamic) and I summarized some of her key points shared:
- wired connection to your router will provide a faster connection for improved bandwidth
- investing in a faster computer
- audio quality is the most critical
- adding a microphone or headset, based on the number and how often you use Logitech headsets recommended (I love them)
- giant monitor or multiple monitors to be able to see all the feedback
- minimize size and optimize assets to work with audience members who may have slower connections
- can link to tools – adding surveys, feedback based on your tool
- cameras = webcams – adding a external device leads to higher quality
- what do I love best about the virtual classroom – “what drives me is helping people “Love when I can see people get that lightbulb moment”
- what do I like least about the virtual classroom – “when the tech goes wrong” “this can happen in live classrooms, so learn around and how to work around these challenges
- love hearing and seeing different perspectives, all sorts of different options and styles
- Design interactions to avoid crickets, get the interaction from the start to help take advantage of the tools you have
- Crowdcast. Adobe Connect, Zoom, GoToTraining, Webex, plus a whole lot more
- What do you want to achieve?
- Who are you working with?
- Ease of use of the tool for the facilitator and the audience
- Interactive: role plays (breakout rooms Zoom and Adobe Connect),
- Need to let participants know what they need to do, prep and if they are using their webcam
- Jo prefers 10 people in a virtual classroom so that she can get to know them and have the interactions she thinks is most helpful to adapt to their needs
- More people, the fewer connections you can have with individuals which can prevent you from knowing the learning transfer
- During your session, always think about how to get your audience involved, ask a question, feedback and the outcome you want
- Think about “What can they be saying or doing instead of me?”
- Download Jo’s Facilitation Guide via Jo’s blog can help and plan your session.
- Adding a producer to assist, support, and provide quick feedback during a session.
- Deliver with energy to help break thru the technology barrier
- Get familiar with the technology ahead of time and get comfortable.
- Call out, acknowledge, and connect with your audience chatting with you to build a bond. This is where a producer can assist while you are speaking to help provide feedback and support participants.
- It’s ok to have silence for a moment.
- Asking participants, what is your lightbulb moment for today?