Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hold an Online Program or Training Session

If you were at the Annual Meeting on Friday you heard me talk about our newest service - Web Conferencing. NEFLIN has purchased a subscription to OPAL, a web-conferencing system that will allow NEFLIN and our member libraries to provide web-based programming and training to staff and patrons.

We'll be holding a Virtual Open House in the online classroom to provide members an opportunity to learn more about service provided by NEFLIN and to see the web conferencing service in action. There will be a session each week in October. If your library would like to schedule a private session for your staff during your regular staff meeting, contact Stephanie@neflin.org.

As we prepared to roll out this new service we've been reminded of the many issues involved with presenting, facilitating, or producing a live, online training session or program. If you've participated in a live webinar you know that the really successful trainers make it look easy and seamless.

If you think you would like to use the web conference service at your library we will require that you attend a Moderator Training Session. These sessions will teach the basics of using the software along with providing tips for having a successful event.

You might also consider attending Learn How to Learn Online a FREE one hour introductory course offered by WebJunction on Wednesday, September 24 at 5:00 PM Eastern. The program explores using synchronous collaboration tools (whiteboard, chat, audio, etc), synchronous learning ground rules, and creating the optimal desktop environment for online learning. It is designed for individuals whose job responsibilities or future responsibilities include designing, delivering and promoting synchronous training within their organization.

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