Learning online has many benefits as compared to a traditional in-person classroom, which meets only at one time and one physical place. You can attend a live or recorded webcast with your feet up, in your pajamas, with a cat on your lap, and a handy bowl of hot, buttered popcorn nearby. You can complete your class requirements at 2 am, easily visit with classmates all over the world, and finish the assignments at your convenience. Depending on the platform, if you don’t want to compete for an instructor’s attention in a face-to-face class, you can interact via text without being judged on how you look or sound, or how assertively you speak up. However, a digital course, even with videoconferencing, has limitations. Since most people have spent years in traditional classrooms, the digital version can feel at times like a second-rate experience. The need for structured presentations can reduce the spontaneity–and serendipity–of an in-person meeting. And, sometimes, even with interactive components, it is easier for students to disengage online. Multi-tasking is a common practice during live and recording virtual presentations. The best solutions might be combining what we know works best from both virtual and in-person educational strategies, with an appropriate mix of technology. Learn several models that can work with both adults and children. (And you don’t necessarily need an expensive computer platform to make it work!)

During this session, we will explore how to:
Apply the Gold Standard for creating blended/hybrid classes: Retention, motivation, and application. –
Expand learning beyond YouTube, Ted Talks, and webinars (like this one).
Take advantage of social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn for group discussions.
Move activities offline into participants’ workplaces and lives.


Original broadcast January 13, 2021

Presenter ~ Pat Wagner
Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries since 1978 using e-mail, platforms, and now social media to serve clients across the United States (and the solar system) who she has never met face-to-face.. She presents at state and national library conferences as well as working with libraries of all types from Alaska to Florida. She has been a frequent visitor to Florida libraries and was a facilitator for the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute for several years. Pat focuses on skills needed to support better productivity and workplace relationships, from personnel issues to strategic planning. She is known for her practical and good-humored programs.