Virtual facilitation can be a powerful tool in the L&D arsenal to deliver training sessions that are easily accessible and adaptable. It requires a different set of skills to ensure that students can participate in productive conversations with their peers. This article explores 10 principles to encourage online facilitation to ensure that trainers are able to conduct online sessions.
Like in any workshop setting, the facilitator sets the tone of the workshop by demonstrating positive communication behaviours and creating a conducive environment. This means you must be careful not to make distracting noises, and ensure that the camera is focused on the person in question and provide positive feedback signals like smiling and nodding. You should also keep the conversation short and clear. It is also important to ensure that there is a balance between information sharing along with group discussion and interactive activities like short polls or games that are experiential. A great way to get participants engaged is to encourage them to chat during the session and using game-based response systems, such as Kahoot!
It is essential to have an idea of how the participants feel in any meeting and this is particularly true when you are facilitating remotely. Be sure to check in with your participants regularly to assess how they’re experiencing and whether any technical or other issues are affecting the group. You may need to add a new game to energize the group if energy levels begin to decline.
SessionLab is a powerful tool to use for planning and designing remote workshops. It can help you ensure that your sessions are engaging and effective, even when you’re not with your participants. SessionLab is a great choice for online workshops and meetings. It comes with a library that includes more than 1000 of the most effective facilitation tools as well as a fully-featured template and built-in tools to reduce distractions and cross-talk.