Icebreakers for the Live Virtual Classroom

Most trainers understand the importance of beginning a training session with an icebreaker to get participants warmed up and ready to learn. Icebreakers in the virtual classroom serve an important dual purpose of not only warming up participants, but also getting participants comfortable with the interactive tools in the classroom.

Icebreakers in the virtual classroom require a bit of planning and preparation, just like every aspect of training in the virtual classroom. There are quick and simple icebreakers such as posting a map of the US/the world and asking participants to point to their location or asking participants to type their location in chat. In this post, I’ve gathered additional ideas for icebreakers that go beyond these simple interactions by taking icebreakers designed for the physical classroom and adjusting for virtual classroom delivery.

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