Research Outline

Best Practices for Online Workshops


To establish how people translate best practices for in-person workshops to an online setting and new ideas for online facilitation.

Early Findings

Getting the Audience to Relax

  • Most facilitators consider it best practice when they can get the audience to relax and establish a collaborative meeting.
  • A relaxed audience is in a better position to brainstorm in any setting, whether virtually or in person.
  • There have been concerns that engaging a virtual audience is more complicated than in-person. However, facilitators who plan can have a successful virtual meeting just as in-person. In this case, facilitators should ensure that all material and discussions or questions are well organized before the session begins.
  • Facilitators should apply the same methods they apply in person when conducting virtual meetings.

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