Thanks for taking the time to ensure you are well prepared for your upcoming live virtual training course. There are a few simple things you can do to ensure you can join with ease on the day, and to get the most out of your class.
Getting Zoom set up
We use Zoom as our live virtual classroom as we have found it to be simple and easy to use. To participate fully in the class, you will need:
- A full laptop or desktop computer capable of running the Zoom application.
- A working microphone and speakers (headphones or a headset are ideal).
- The ability to join the VoiP audio conference (unfortunately, there is no telephone dial-in option).
- Ideally, a working web cam. Most people keep this switched on during the class.
It is strongly recommended that you join the Zoom test meeting before the class, to avoid any technical issues on the day, when there is often little time to investigate:
Please make sure that you are connecting via the zoom app. There is an option to join via the browser, but this will mean you are unable to join the breakout sessions for group exercises.
Next, check that your audio and video are working. At the bottom of the screen you’ll see a microphone icon. There is a menu to the right of this:
Please run the audio test from this menu to check you can hear, and that your microphone is working. You can select different audio inputs and outputs from this menu as well, if you have multiple devices connected.
Getting yourself set up
Online training has enabled many people to access live, experienced trainers, where face to face training was not possible. The benefits of live training over pre-recorded online courses arise from the interaction and collaboration between the trainer and the small group of students.
We’ve found that the students who get the most out of live virtual training:
- Arrive with questions they want to have answered, or a personal learning objective for the course.
- Arrive prepared to join in with class discussions.
- Clear their schedule of other meetings for the duration of the course.
- Close their email and instant messaging clients in between breaks.
Questions and Technical Support
If you are experiencing any difficulties, or if you have questions about your upcoming class, do get in touch with us using the details in your pre-course email, or directly to our training mailbox.
If you are having technical difficulties with Zoom, you may find it quicker to contact Zoom support directly – they are very responsive.
Zoom Support Contact Numbers
- US: +1.888.799.9666 ext 2 or +1.650.397.6096 ext 2
- AU: +61.1800.768.027 ext 2
- FR: +33.800.90.30.79 ext 2
- JP: +81.800.170.5174 ext 2
- NZ: +64.800.475.039 ext 2
- UK: +44.800.368.7314 ext 2 or +44.20.3890.5445 ext 2
Use of Trello and data privacy
Some of our courses involve exercises where you will work with other delegates to create plans, track learning objectives, or sort through information. Trello is a free collaboration tool that is used in many of these exercises. The trainer may invite you to create a Trello account prior to the course beginning.
Creating a Trello account will involve entering basic details including your name and email address. Here is some key information you may wish to be aware of before you decide to do this:
You are free to use whatever details you like to sign up – there’s no requirement to use your corporate email account.
Some people prefer to use an anonymous mail box to create their account, such as this service.
If you prefer, you may chose to simply observe the exercises that require Trello.