Creating Connections and Community in Your Live Virtual Training

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Ben Lowell, Strategic Advisor for Corporate, Class

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With every aspect of our work life thrust online, organizations are struggling to keep participants engaged during live training sessions. In many cases, the rapid shift to virtual instructor-led learning meant that opportunities for collaboration and networking between learners—key characteristics of in-person learning—were left behind. As virtual experiences become the norm, new skills, strategies, and tools will be needed to bring the human components to life in virtual courses and workshops to fuel community and engagement.

In this session, you’ll learn how to humanize live virtual training sessions and how to cultivate community with your participants. During the past year and a half, we’ve learned that virtual classroom experiences can be as or more effective than traditional training. To thrive in the virtual working environment, employees require new capabilities and therefore new training that will have to be provided virtually. You’ll review how to prepare your trainers to successfully support their participants in online training. With continued social distancing measures, companies will need the proper tools to support their employees as they work and train from home. You’ll review what kinds of tools are necessary for your company to create not just effective virtual training, but training that feels human. Lastly, this session will cover how to sustain these tools and techniques in ways that fit into your employee’s workflow.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to create human connections through virtual platforms
  • How virtual training can be as effective or more effective than traditional training methods
  • How to use tools to create human interactions
  • Why techniques and tools matter more in the virtual training landscape
  • What the best tools are for creating human connection on virtual platforms


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Ben Lowell
Ben Lowell

Strategic Advisor for Corporate, Class

Ben Lowell has spent the bulk of his career in the learning industry as a facilitator, instructional designer, junior high school Spanish teacher, director of e-learning, and learning consultant. He has also worked in various roles within three separate educational software companies.