I participate in many webinars and usually I am disgruntled as I think to myself, why am I participating if the presenter is just reading the sides out loud? This time, I was on the other side of the screen…I was the facilitator…and I bombed! I learned how challenging it really is to facilitate online learning as there are so many moving parts. This experience led me to a metacognitive moment…thinking about my thinking and my process.
1. Practice, practice, practice- don’t just practice what you are going to say, practice using the “virtual classroom space”
2. Make sure your speaker and mic are both ON
3. Provide frequent pauses to read and respond to questions by participants so that it’s as interactive as possible, especially when your audience is only participating through a Q&A box
4. If you are going to use the cursor – use it! Otherwise, it’s a distraction
5. Revisit step one