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Welcome to the new open discussion forum, all about webinars, virtual classrooms and learning.

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  • Hi everyone,

    I'm Andy Hurren, Global Head of Learning at ERM (Environmental Resources Management). New to the company at the end of October and I have responsible for our operational training strategy and all things in digital learning transformation. We look after over 6,000 learners in 40 countries, so I'm keen to pick up tips on makng virtual training as effective as possible.

    I look forward to joining future discussions.



    • Hi Andy, 

      Welcome to the community, very glad to have you here :D Congrats on the new role, it certainly sounds like an interesting challenge, and one that many here can relate to. 

      Virtual, as well as other digital learning, certainly sounds like the way forward for so many geographies and people. I look forward to the community helping your thinking!



  • Hi all,

    I'm Graeme, from Kent in the UK. I work for the public sector in fire and have moved from operational response to L and D and reskilled myself over the last 6 years, initially as a trainer, then looking at blended learning and e-learning. I'm now managing the digital learning team here and working to help upskill the rest of our trainers to feel more confident in digital delivery and blending their courses.

    We have kicked off a professionalisation programme and this included identifying digital skills and qualifications. As part of this we wanted to access live online class training for them but are coming up against some IT barriers. Most of this training seems to be provided on software like Webex and access to this is blocked by our policies.

    We do have Skype for bussiness and I think we can use this to good effect internally but I'd like to find some training that can be delivered via Skype so that the trainers are experiencing the classes in the format that they will later be delivering them. As yet I'm struggling to find this on the market. We have a number of individuals who have done the COLF and CDOL courses available through the LPI so we could put together an in-house course for them but has anyone come across accredited online live class training using Skype?

    Sorry for the intro/question combo 



    • Hi Graeme,

      Thanks so much for your introduction and it's great to have you as part of the community. It sounds like you've had a great journey in your career and have lots of experience to bring to what you are doing now :D

      Skype For Business is certainly different to other virtual classroom platforms but it has it's merits too - not least that you can all access it! You are right to get training within the platform that people are using, so that they become familiar with it. 

      I've sent you an email about the Skype for Business training and hope we can help you out :D

      • Thanks Jo,

        Looking forward to being part of this community too.

  • Hi All,

    I am Saurabh Sharma. I am a trainer since last 10 years and working with GSK. I am using WebEx training centre frequently for conducting VILTs for small groups with reasonably good results.

    I am interested in learning compelling ways to design and deliver sessions to engage participants more effectively to ensure a better retention of learning with excellnt learners experience.

    I would also like to learn the techniques for organising webinars for large (50-100) groups.


    Looking forward to share and learn here to gather new ideas and techniques for VILTs.


    • Hi there Saurabh, thanks so much for joining. Glad you are enjoying WebEx, it's a good system, and having success with small groups. That's a great place to learn your craft and expand it to larger groups! We look forward to your thoughts and sharing :D

  • Hi All


    I’m Lee Gibbons.  I am passionate about sports from a very young age. As a result I have dedicated my life to educating others. I have become a lecturer in colleges in wales. Recently leaving Coleg gwent, newport and Usk campus after 8 yrs. To go to another college at which I was educated myself 'Pembrokeshire college'.


    I possess a number of achievements and continue to succeed by establishing new business generating ideas, whilst consistently achieving targets.


    I have gained professional experience within varied practical and developmental roles. I believe that a mature, constructive and electric teaching approach and effective working relationships between staff and students are crucial to a responsive student attitude and a successful learning environment. I am now looking to make a continued significant contribution to the future development of education.


    I am a novice with regards to webinars. Although I have attended plenty and enjoyed them all.  I am enjoying being on this programme as I get to see what it is all about and learn from others.  Part of my role in my organisation is a Digital lead and I would like to see webinars as part of this and start to become the norm in teaching.  Thus giving all a different way of learning.

    • Hi Lee and welcome to the group! I love your dedication to education, it's such a great feeling isn't it! I'm really looking forward to you getting involved and you being the digital advocate for where you work, just let us know how we can help!

  • Hi all,

    I'm Toby Newman. I am originally from London but now live in The Netherlands. I have been a trainer for almost 20 years. and worked in virtual delivery for about 3 year. 

    My big passion at the moment is developing a Learning Culture and I love to create learning videos - you can see some of my stuff on my YouTube Channel where you can also see my TEDx Talk which I learned a lot from. 

    The Neverending Learner
    In this channel, I hope to give you some insights to some of the biggest topics of Learning & Development today but in a down-to-Earth way. -Toby New…
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