Learning to Teach Virtually: An Investigation of Synchronous Virtual Classroom Training Webinar

There are hundreds of articles about preparing instructors for the transition to online learning in general, but very few focus on the specific challenges posed synchronous virtual classrooms. Even fewer investigate instructor preparation to meet these challenges. How much training do virtual instructors receive, what does it involve and how effective is it? In this “Learning to Teach Virtually” webinar we’ll share and discuss key findings from a Virtual Classroom Training Survey conducted in partnership with OLC that sheds new light on designing and implementing effective training for virtual classroom instruction.


Speaker Bio


Glenn Kessler, Ph.D.
Glenn has over 40 years of experience in higher education and information technology. His academic experience includes teaching (both online and face to face), advising and academic program development. He was an Assistant Dean of the College at the University of Virginia and the Associate Director for Academic Programs for the University of Virginia’s adult education program. Glenn served as the VP Emerging Technology for the RIA Group, a unit of the Thomson Corporation, and VP for Electronic Product Development for several Reed Elsevier companies including Reed Reference Publishing and Butterworth US. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Logic from Princeton University. He is currently a senior consultant with Align Virtual Learning Solutions and continues to teach online at the University of Virginia and the University of Maine System.

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Kathryn (Kate) Wood, Ph.D.
Kate is senior project director at the University of Virginia’s Center for Survey Research. She is instructor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia, and in addition teaches in UVA’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program. She is experienced with both face-to- face and online classrooms. Her research and teaching interests include research methods, the study of social inequality, and the sociology of religion.