As globalization increases, more and more organizations are seeking to collaborate remotely, but keeping people engaged over the telephone is extremely challenging. Participants multi-task, and progress creeps at a snail’s pace.
Virtual Facilitation Online (VFO) is an online learning lab where participants will:
Emphasis is on practical, hands-on learning, where participants have a variety of ways to hone their skills as virtual producers and develop basic skills essential to virtual facilitation, including how to use tested and proven collaboration tools.
Classroom sessions are live online (synchronous) over 8 Thursdays or Fridays, depending on the session. There are six 90-minute online sessions, two 120-minute online sessions, homework, and practice sessions both in class and as homework. Class size is limited to twelve participants, though additional sessions may opened as needed.
During each class, participants typically review the homework from the previous session, explore a new topic through a demonstration and practice session, discuss questions, and leave with a new homework assignment. Participants are expected to spend about two hours between the sessions on homework assignments. Some can be done alone; other assignments need to be done in pairs or triads.
This course is built on the online collaboration tool, Adobe Connect - a flexible virtual collaboration platform where participants can build engaging meetings through the use of electronic sticky walls, virtual breakout rooms, and a variety of pods that elicit participation.
Participants receive a free trial license of Adobe Connect.
People who are leading geographically-dispersed teams, focus groups, departments, client engagements, or virtual events that need a high-level of participation and collaboration in order to be effective. All roles and sectors benefit, for example:
An Early Bird Discount of $75 is applied if the course is paid in
full three weeks prior to course date.
Explore the landscape of facilitation and learn three key processes for activating group participation in our acclaimed flagship course.More Information
Plan and prepare a group project for launch, and develop shared commitment to timelines, tasks, and success measures in the time it takes to have a regular staff meeting.More Information
Generate meaningful, productive dialogue around any topic with this powerful, universally applicable framework.More Information
90% of adults learn best when visuals are part of their learning experience! Learn how to activate the power of visual thinking in your meetings with color, imagery, and design.More Information
Explore 10 creative, insightful tools to understand customer, staff or community perceptions and needs, delve into relevant data, and get groups on the same page to launch their work.More Information
A sister to our flagship facilitation course, this extended three-day version highlights the role of the facilitative leader and offers additional practice opportunities in a more relaxed environment.More Information
Making Data Dance focuses on designing participatory processes for data gathering, review and analysis. We illustrate ways to ground groups in the data they need to make better decisions using the Focused Conversation and Consensus Workshop methods; share a straightforward tool to gather stakeholder perceptions; and provide an opportunity for you to actively participate in and apply the methods we share.More Information
In today’s world of truncated timelines, increased workloads, and demands for workplace democracy, we need group decisions made quickly, positively, and with diminished frustration. We also need to ensure that meetings are effective, efficient, and highly productive. This course is designed for the person who needs tools to enhance participation and productivity in various types of meetings.More Information