Live and Online

In the past few days I’ve noticed a few posts come in my news reader about the quality of online classes from colleges and universities. Posts like this and this seem to echo my experiences.

Up until last year online college courses were my only experience with elearning, online learning, or distance learning. Then PLCMC was invited to participate in WebJunction’s beta program for online learning for libraries.

In addition to learning how to design and create self-paced training modules, we also had the opportunity to be trained in and experience synchronous training or elearning that is live and online. If your experience with elearning has consisted of WebEx conferences or Blackboard take a look at what is being done by Jennifer Hoffman and her staff at InSync Training. Using a synchronous training platform such as Live Meeting, Jennifer is able to reproduce a live classroom experience for learners that are located around the world. These classes are designed to completely engage the learners and during some of the classes I have taken, I became so involved that I actually forgot I was sitting in front of my computer.

This is the future of elearning!

Last year I completed my Synchronous Facilitation Certification and this year I am hoping to complete the Synchronous Design Certification as well. Later this year I am planning to teach an online class on baby sign language so stay tuned for details.

WebJunction and InSynch Training are partnering up again this year to offer the Synchronous Learning Expert Certification to library staff at a discounted rate. If you have the opportunity to attend, I highly recommend this training to anyone who wants to deliver quality and engaging training to library staff (and patrons)!

If you just want to try out a synchronous class to see what it’s all about, sign up for a free Learn to Learn Online class offered every week by InSync Training.

About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.

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