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Facilitators must have the necessary skills to engage learners as learning programs continue to shift towards virtual formats. This means using the tools provided by virtual learning designers and working on different platforms to design engaging and stimulating sessions for all participants.

Getting started

The first few minutes of a remote conference can determine whether attendees dial in or leave. Facilitators can help their audiences remain engaged by clearly introducing the secure environment, overall expectations and session goals early on in an engaging and positive way.

Maintaining engagement

One of the most difficult aspects of virtual facilitation is maintaining participant engagement in spite of technical issues, logistical difficulties, and emotional stress. To achieve success in VF it is crucial to establish a positive and friendly relationship with all people who are involved on the website. Numerous studies suggested strategies to foster these relationships, such as regular contact via email and instant messaging.

Keeping discussions alive

In addition to creating the time for discussion, online facilitators can also encourage learners to engage through the use of many interactive tools, like video, audio, and chat. Using the chat function during a meeting can encourage active participation, and it’s always uplifting to see multiple attendees are typing “I agree” or similar responses to questions. Facilitators online can also make use of their voice to interact with attendees.