Virtual Training for Virtual Success: Michigan State University Extension's Virtual Conference
Michigan State University Extension conducted its first virtual conference, attended by more than 600 staff, with a weeklong menu of over 100 online meetings and learning sessions. Providing multiple types of pre-conference hands-on training to small groups using Adobe Connect Pro was an important key to success. Other success factors were pre and post training homework, well-trained "hosts" for each session, guidelines and checklists, pre-conference equipment check, virtual office hours, and immediate and friendly help. Embedding these factors into online training can help ensure successful adoption and positive impact of this new way of meeting and sharing knowledge.
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Vandenberg, L., & Reese, L. (2011). Virtual Training for Virtual Success: Michigan State University Extension's Virtual Conference. The Journal of Extension, 49(6), Article 13. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol49/iss6/13