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Synchronous Shootout August 20, 2009

Posted by Noelle Archambeau in Best Practices, Synchronous Training.
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Last night we held a synchronous shootout at Penn State Great Valley. Participants were divided into groups and asked to complete the challenge below. All of the teams came up with great ideas, and the classes they developed are posted below.

Web conferencing giant, iLinc Communications, would like to teach a “Best Practices for Virtual Instructors” class. The class will be taught online using their web conferencing tool. The intended audience is instructors who have taught in the classroom, but are new to teaching online.

Shootout Challenge
The following slides are an early draft of the content that was put together for this class. You can use as much or as little as you’d like. In order to practice what you preach, you must create a class that not only includes great information, but also has interactive activities to help make the session fun and engaging. Each team only has 1 hour to work on the class, so complete as much as you can. Good luck!

 Presenter Best Practices – DRAFT

Here are the classes that the teams produced:

Group 1 – Michele & Scott

Group 2 – Pat, Heidi, Donna & Jean

Group 3 – Mark, Tricia, Bill & Dave


3/20/08 – Engaging Your Audience March 28, 2008

Posted by Noelle Archambeau in Best Practices, e-SIG Presentations, Engaging e-Learners, Synchronous Training.
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A big thank you to Frank Gartland and Curtis Lewis with iLinc Communications for delivering an engaging web conference about how to focus, engage, and motivate your learners when you deliver online training events. They shared great tips that will keep your learners from surfing the web or snoring during your training sessions. If you missed the event or would like to view it again, click here to view the recording.

3/22-23/07 – Slides from Web Conferences March 26, 2007

Posted by Noelle Archambeau in Best Practices, e-SIG Presentations, Synchronous Training.
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Thanks to everyone who attended one of our web conferences about web conferences and helped make them a success. Also thanks to my co-presenters Bobbe Baggio & Nathan Eckel for sharing such great information with our members. The slides used during the presentation can be downloaded here. (more…)

How to Make Your Presentations Even Better – More PowerPoint Tips January 18, 2007

Posted by Ben Craigo in Lessons Learned, Synchronous Training.
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Noelle’s post on presentation tips for virtual training generated a lot of interest.  Preparing a good presentation deck is an important skill whether your are training live over WebEx, pitching an e-Learning project to your client or giving a standing room only talk at the Philadelphia e-SIG. 

To continue in that spirit, here are some great tips on what makes good PowerPoint design over at Presentation Zen.  It gives some very basic, but powerful guidelines, as well as a few examples of before and after slides.  Here’s an example:


Simpler is better. 

Even though the post is a couple years old, good presentation skills are timeless.

PowerPoint Tips for Virtual Classes January 15, 2007

Posted by Noelle Archambeau in Best Practices, Synchronous Training.

Before the holidays I gave some tips for creating PowerPoint slides for the virtual classroom to the people who attended the main ASTD-GPC meeting. Most of these tips can also be applied to PowerPoint slides that are created for live, instructor-led classes. For those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s a summary:

PowerPoint Templates

PowerPoint Template Examples

  • Use light backgrounds with dark text; it’s harder to read light text on dark backgrounds
  • Use a basic layout that gives you a lot of room for your content; don’t waste space with large logos or decorative graphics on every slide (more…)