Next Level Virtual Training: Advance Your Facilitation

  • 7h 2m
  • Diana L. Howles
  • Association for Talent Development
  • 2022

Surpass the Basics of Virtual Training

As virtual training continues as a go-to, effective learning option, and platform providers improve functionality, trainers and facilitators need to take their skills to the next level. Written by expert facilitator Diana L. Howles, this book goes beyond the basics of virtual training and online synchronous instruction, providing in-depth insights into advanced challenges.

Next Level Virtual Training introduces the Virtual Trainer Capability Model, which identifies eight areas of expertise for the top virtual professional. A train-the-virtual-trainer resource, this book will guide you in developing the specific knowledge and skills to facilitate online interactivity, manage multitasking, be technically fluent, oversee logistics and troubleshooting, leverage your voice, and engage virtual learners. Importantly, this book is about actionable tips, strategies, and techniques rather than the technologies.

Inside you’ll find comprehensive chapters on developing on-camera competence; applying learning experience design to live online learning; and preparing for the combination of onsite and online learners together in a post-pandemic hybrid work environment.

Whether you are a virtual trainer, a live online facilitator, a synchronous educator, an online adult education instructor, this book is for you. It is also for designers, developers, evaluators, and producers of virtual learning.

About the Author

Diana L. Howles, MA, is an award-winning speaker and international virtual trainer who brings 25 years of experience in the learning industry. As a world-class facilitator, she has trained Fortune 100 and 500 companies and facilitated virtual programs in more than a dozen countries. Diana is currently CEO of Howles Associates. She earned master's degree from Colorado State University and is a frequent presenter at international in-person and virtual conferences. She is author of the new book Next Level Virtual Training: Advance Your Facilitation available on Amazon. She can be reached through her website, via LinkedIn, or on Twitter @DianaHowles.

In this Book

  • Preface—“The Night Before Training”
  • Introduction
  • Introducing the Virtual Trainer Capability Model
  • Designing Virtual Learning Experiences
  • Shaping a Successful Virtual Learning Environment
  • Applying the Secrets of Effective Online Facilitation
  • Developing Your Professional On-Camera Competence
  • Enhancing Facilitator Presence Through Audio and Vocal Delivery
  • Leveraging Your Platform’s Technical Tools
  • Following the Dynamic Principle of Engagement
  • Troubleshooting and Recovering With Agility
  • Evaluating and Innovating in the Virtual Space
  • Flipping Virtual Training With Blended Learning
  • Combining Online and On-Site Learners in Live Mixed Learning
  • References