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April 17, 2018

In his often-cited Kenyon College commencement address David Foster Wallace recounts, “There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, ‘Morning, boys, how's the water?’ And the two...

April 17, 2018

Two familiar pedagogical approaches are often referred to as the “sage on the stage”  and the “guide on the side.” These approaches are not mutually exclusive; successful learning often involves both. But they are distinctly different. ...  By a wide margin the most fr...

May 18, 2017

Partnerships work. And they work best when they bring to a task complementary abilities, skills and experience. This post discusses a partnership that has already achieved best-practice status in the corporate virtual facilitator-led training world. It blends the exper...

March 14, 2017

Recently a client came to us with a straightforward problem: produce a “hybrid” virtual event with both local audiences at geographically distributed venues and virtual attendees. The event had to support

  1. Professional audio, video and production quality. (As the cli...

September 8, 2016

While the literature contains numerous articles about preparing instructors for the transition to online learning, very few focus on the specific challenges posed by synchronous virtual classrooms. Even fewer investigate how much training virtual instructors receive, t...

August 18, 2016

Choosing the Right Meeting Technology

There are over 130 web-meeting tools on the market, with new ones appearing each month. How do you choose among this wealth of options? We suggest following the Cheshire Cat’s advice to Alice:

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which...

Two Align team members hosted an Online Learning Consortium webinar on September 7 at 1:00 PM (Eastern) on "An Investigation of Synchronous Virtual Classroom Training." In the webinar Dr. Glenn Kessler and Dr. Kate Wood shared and discussed key findings from a Virtual...

April 28, 2016

How much and what kind of training do instructors receive in the use of synchronous virtual classroom technology? How effective is this training?  Find out. Click here to access the results of the Virtual Classroom Training Survey conducted in partnership with the Onli...

February 25, 2016

Teaching in a face-to-face classroom is easy. You walk into a room filled with eager participants, import knowledge and leave.

Well, obviously, there’s more to it than this, but you get the idea. In a typical face-to-face setting the instructor focuses on what he or she...

February 3, 2016

There are many online course rubrics, but this one is different.  It focuses on virtual synchronous courses. Compiled from a variety of sources including the author’s extensive virtual classroom experience, it provides a quick checklist of virtual classroom best practi...

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