Strategies for Facilitating Live, Online Sessions

Track : Online Design

Levels :
Eligible for Online Teaching Certificate elective : Yes

With the growth of technologies that support live, online sessions (e.g. Zoom, GoToMeeting, Adobe Connect, etc.), the term distance learning is becoming a misnomer. More of us are meeting, teaching, and presenting in face-to-face, synchronous (real-time) online sessions where we can feel closer than ever to students and colleagues in online learning environments. 

Instructional sessions with groups of students, individual "office hours," webinars, meetings, and trainings can all take place in a live, online session. While presenting online is an in-demand skill, few people have been taught how to conduct this type of learning experience. Not to worry — this workshop will turn you from novice to expert online facilitator in just three days.

You'll gain the skills needed to present to students, faculty, and/or staff.  Strategies will include best practices in online engagement built on a foundation of enjoyment, inspiration, and passion for teaching. Brain-based teaching strategies will help you keep people engaged and focused, harnessing the knowledge of how the brain learns best to boost your attendees' learning and growth. In addition to the live session that will model effective online presentation skills, attendees will also participate in asynchronous online discussions and complete assigned readings on effective presentation skills to maximize their learning from this event.


Learning Objectives :


  • Identify strategies to capture and hold participants’ attention in a live, online session.

  • Describe typical mistakes made by online instructors  and presenters in synchronous online learning environments

  • Articulate a personalized plan for improving one’s online presentation skills


Prerequisite: None



This workshop is a three day long, asynchronous learning experience beginning on a Wednesday and ending the following Friday. The workshop will require approximately 6-8 hours of work, including reading research-based articles, viewing presentations, engaging in online discussion forums, and submitting assignments. Total length of time to completion: 3 days.


Who should attend?


  • Faculty who teach in online and blended formats

  • Anyone who presents or may present in a live, online session

What are the key takeaways from this workshop?

  • Insights from peers and presenters on challenges of presenting live, online sessions and real-life scenarios.

  • Access to curated content on creating engaging online sessions, no matter your use case.


  • An action plan on upcoming live session development for immediate implementation.


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Refund Policy
If you register and pay for a OLC workshop and are unable to enroll (due to personal schedule conflicts, illness, etc), we will be happy to apply your payment to another OLC workshop in the same calendar year upon your written request to No refunds will be given.