TEACHING LIVE, ONLINE CLASSES: What You Need to Know About Your Online Platform, Part 1

by Jennie Ruby, COTP

Whether you use Adobe Connect, WebEx, GoToTraining, or another online training app, you need to know the same basic features of your platform.    First, you need to know everything your students will need to know to get into your classroom and participate in your class. And when I say you need to know, I mean really know. Like, “I can describe it in my sleep” know. Like, “I can describe it blindfolded” know. Because the moment you’ll need to know it most is when a student is having trouble logging in, or finding the chat panel, or finding the arrow tool—and in that moment, you can’t see their screen.   On most of the online platforms, the instructor view is different from the participant view of the screen. This is least true of Adobe Connect, but even there, as the Host, you may have additional functionality your viewers do not have.    So here is a checklist of what you need to know—from your students’ point of view.  

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