Virtual Classroom Training Playlist Resources

The Virtual Classroom Training Playlist took place on April 30, 2018. Below you will find playlist recordings and additional curated resources.

Playlist Recordings

Interact & Engage: How to Take your Virtual Training from DRAB to FAB!

By Kassy LaBorie, Principle Consultant

Whether it’s an online meeting, a presentation via webinar, or live online training, engagement is the main question on everyone’s mind. Will it be worth my time to attend or will it be an opportunity to check email instead? Online meeting technology is powerful and has made it easy to connect with people from anywhere in the world at any time, yet we often still struggle with getting everyone to interact. Interaction is the answer to successful engagement and using the features of the platform is the answer to interaction. However, the features alone do not engage the participants. It is what you choose to do with those features that will make the difference in your next virtual training, webinar, or meeting. Learn what you can do to be successful in the virtual environment and avoid everyone asking for a recording or a copy of the slides five minutes into your next virtual event. In this session, you’ll learn:

  • Describe how engaging live online meetings, webinars, and training events are delivered.
  • Determine the appropriate level of interaction to create impactful live online events.
  • Analyze activities for specific engagement techniques to apply to your own activity design.

Instructional Design and Facilitation

By Jo Cook, Director

Is designing for e-learning, instructor-led training and the virtual classroom all the same? Each delivery method has its nuances, plus points and restrictions. This session focuses on how what to take into account when designing your session for the virtual classroom – the platform, the activities and how to facilitate them as well as how to overcome not being able to see your attendees.

As with all the best live online learning experiences, this session will be interactive via the chat panel and questions area for you to get really involved in the topic and ask what it is you need to learn.

Covered in this session will be:

  • Similarities and differences when designing virtual sessions compared to face to face
  • What to take into account with the technology platform and how it affects design and facilitation
  • A template to follow for designing the delivery detail
  • Facilitation tips

Brain-based Principles for Engagement and Retention in the Virtual Classroom

By Cynthia Clay, CEO

Without some kind of reinforcement, people forget 90% of what they’ve learned in the classroom within one week! As trainers and instructional designers, what can we learn from brain research into how the brain retains information that will help us design programs that engage attention and encourage long-term retention? If you’ve ever had a hunch that certain learning experiences work better than others, the chances are good that there is a solid neurological principle to back that up.

In this engaging TLDCast, we’ll explore four brain-based principles that result in maximum attention, engagement, learning retention and application. Brain researchers know that the challenge of moving information from short-term to long-term memory requires us to encode, store, and retrieve it repeatedly. We have to help people get past the “I already know that” filter by presenting content in novel and creative ways. We must create safe learning spaces for people to explore, tackle challenges, fail, reflect and adopt new practices to succeed. We must light up the reward center in our learners’ brains. Our job as designers and facilitators for the virtual classroom is to move people through thinking, doing, giving feedback, and receiving feedback as they build new synapses that support long-term retention and application of critical concepts.

Join this session to explore four principles (two principles that support engagement and two principles that support retention). You will change the way you design and deliver learning experiences as you leverage the neuroscience of learning to ensure on-the-job behavior change and application of new skills.

Trends in Virtual Training: What’s Now, What’s New, and What’s Next

By Cindy Huggett, Consultant | Facilitator | Author | Speaker

In this interactive online session with virtual learning expert Cindy Huggett, you’ll learn what’s new in virtual training and the latest trends impacting it. And you’ll learn how to prepare yourself and your organization for what’s coming down the road.

We will examine several interesting developments, including the implications of mobile devices for live online learning, the move towards short live learning snippets, and the explosion of video in live online classes. We’ll also give you opportunity to compare your virtual training initiatives to modern learner expectations.

You will leave this session with tangible ideas that can be immediately applied to help keep you “in the know” and ready for virtual training in 2018, 2019 and beyond!

Bonus Curated Content

TLDCast with Kassy LaBorie Part I

Hosted by Brent Schlenker

Kassy LaBorie is the principal consultant at Kassy LaBorie Consulting, LLC. She is a speaker, instructional designer, classroom facilitator, and author who specializes in technology, virtual teaming, and live online learning. Kassy is passionate about helping organizations, learning teams, and training professionals successfully move to the virtual environment.

In her previous role at Dale Carnegie Training, she was the director of virtual training services, a consultancy that partners with organizations to help them develop successful online training strategies. Kassy also served as the product design architect responsible for developing the company’s live online training product and experience. Prior to this, she was an independent master virtual trainer, a Microsoft software trainer, and a senior trainer at WebEx, where she helped build and deliver training at the WebEx University.

Kassy is the co-author of Interact and Engage! 50+ Activities for Virtual Training, Meetings, and Webinars.  A frequent speaker at industry conferences since 2006, she has presented at Training Magazine events including their yearly conference and Online Learning Conferences, Chief Learning Officer symposiums, The Virtual Learning Show, ATD’s TechKnowledge and International Conference & Exposition, as well as many local ATD Chapter events.

For more information about Kassy, visit her website:

TLDCast with Kassy LaBorie Part II

Hosted by Brent Schlenker

Join us for Kassy LaBorie’s first guest appearance on TLDCast!

Jo Cook Hosts The British Invasion

Hosted by Jo Cook

One of the best things about our global audience is the regular appearance of our friends from across the Atlantic. In fact, the success of TLDChat relies on the participation of our friends in in Europe and the UK.  Therefore, we’re happily running an episode dedicated to this fantastic group, hosted by the always articulate and engaging, Jo Cook.

LT18UK Wrap Up

Hosted by Jo Cook

Join our guest Jo Cook of Training Journal as she and Brent discuss the #LT18UK, Europe’s leading workplace learning exhibition and conference that recently took place in London.

WOW Panel: Women On Work

Hosted by Cara North

Join us for a special Female Friday episode where Cara North leads a discussion with some of the best in L&D including Tricia Ransom, Mel Milloway, Myra Roldan, Jo Cook, Toddi Norum, and Bethany Taylor. They’ll chat about real issues impacting women in the workforce. This episode will touch on gender bias, women entrepreneurs, female representation at conferences, and impostor syndrome. Bring your questions and be ready for candid responses.

Patti Shank with Karen Hyder

Hosted by Karen Hyder

Patti Shank, PhD is an internationally-known learning expert, researcher, author, and writer who is listed as one of the Most Influential People in eLearning internationally. She is most known for her writing, research, and analysis on how to gain needed outcomes from learning and performance initiatives.

Patti completed her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Denver. She is an often-requested speaker at training and learning technology conferences, is quoted frequently in training publications and is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books, including the new Write and Organize for Deeper Learning, available on Amazon.

Patti was the research director for The eLearning Guild, an award-winning contributing editor for Online Learning Magazine, and her articles are found in the ATD Science of Learning and Senior Leaders Blogs, eLearning Industry, Adobe’s Resource Center,Magna Publication’s Online Classroom, and elsewhere. Website:

This episode features a special guest host Karen Hyder!

Helpful Links

Jo Cook & Lightbulb Moment
Kassy LaBorie – Interact and Engage
Cynthia Clay & Netspeed Learning
Karen Hyder

Virtual Training definition from Training Industry

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