Virtual classrooms: tell participants their role and responsibilities up front!

VC_male_participantDon’t leave the success of a virtual classroom to chance! Tell you participants explicitly what’s expected from them.


  • Contribute proactively
  • Don’t wait to be called on: gain attention visually with chat or gesturing
  • Be prepared to be called on to contribute at any time
  • Ask if unclear


  • Listen attentively, do not multitask
  • Respect different views, they help refine thinking
  • Limit your side conversations in Chat


  • Probe ideas, but do not criticize
  • Be patient for a response when asking questions via ‘chat’


  • Use and don’t abuse planned moments to review, reflect on,
    and process new learning to promote long term learning

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