Clive Shepherd on Synchronous Online Communications for Learning

August 31, 2009 Sarah Danzl

Clive Shepherd is author of the popular e-Learning blog Clive on Learning and co-founder of Onlignment, a firm specializing in real-time online communications. In this podcast he talks about synchronous communications using web conferencing.

Web conferencing has been around for close to 10 years but so far, still isn’t being used effectively for training purposes. Currently though, a number of factors – cost, time, environmental, etc. – have placed a greater emphasis on this medium. Clive touches on the trade-offs between face-to-face and online communications and also discusses why a combination of self-paced and real-time online events may be an optimal blend for learning. We also learn where we stand as an industry in our use of synchronous communications and the extra lengths organizations need to go to for ensuring a successful online event.

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Sarah Danzl

Sarah manages the public face of Xyleme, overseeing all PR and Customer Communication. She is a specialist in written communications, media relations and reputation management. One of her favorite aspects of her job at Xyleme is working with the customers on on joint initiatives, including award applications.

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