The Virtual Classroom Journey

Carin de Weme, Senior Global L&D adviser at AkzoNobel, describes in this article how she introduced and improved virtual classrooms at AkzoNobel and why virtual classrooms should be part of the toolset L&D specialists offer.

When I joined AkzoNobel webinars were organised (which are a one-way communication) and my content colleagues were not so familiar with all options that the L&D world had to offer. You can imagine what their answer was when I said ‘virtual classrooms are great to reach our target audience for small learning interventions or follow-up of programs’. It was normal that participants flew in for a two-day training and went away with a certificate for the topic. Did we know if they really were able to apply it on the job? After some convincing of the key stakeholders, I was allowed to try virtual classrooms out and see if it could be helpful. This is what I did:

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