Trainers in the Virtual Classroom

I applaud the wise words of a respected professional on how to keep an audience engaged in a virtual classroom session. However, I cannot agree with the idea of the trainer standing by a flip chart with a webcam trained on him or her. I see this as a prime example of trainers “clutching at their gods”, to quote TS Eliot. I urge trainers to master management of the white board and breakout rooms instead. These are the tools through which it is the performance of learners that counts and not the performance of trainers. We must stop blaming the tools (whiteboards, PowerPoint etc.) for the lack of the users’ imagination, restraint or creativity; a slide can be a very powerful stimulus, and lead to intense collaboration and activity.