About Online Learning

What is virtual learning?

Online learning is a virtual classroom environment, also known as a webinar, and is conducted over the internet using a choice of programs (typically MS Teams or Zoom) to present interactive learning and provide live video of the presenter. You can listen and interact with the presenter, and any other participants, in real time. Webinars are frequently used for web conferences, workshops and lectures.

Benefits to virtual learning

Although online learning has grown in popularity due to the pandemic, it has always been a popular learning resource due to increased costs of travel and facility rental. While many would argue online learning is not as effective as instructor-led classroom training, they have proven to be effective.

How does it work?

We schedule and promote an event, then participants register and pay for the event online. Participants are then emailed a link to access the event from their computers with the joining instructions. Attached is an Excel course file that we will work on during the session.

The simplest way to access audio is through your computer's speakers or headphones and mike. We encourage question asking as a good webinar should be as interactive as possible. A phone number is provided in case you need to access audio through your phone.

How to Join a MS Teams or Zoom Online Meeting

The Microsoft Teams and Zoom apps allow guests to join an online meeting, even those who don't have the apps installed are still able to join a meeting (see below).

In order to use Teams or Zoom, you will first be invited to a meeting by email. Once you accept, an invitation reminder will automatically go into your calendar. When it's time to join the online meeting, follow these steps.

You can join a meeting by clicking Join Microsoft Teams Meeting or Join the Zoom Meeting in your invitation email, or your calendar.

Enter a guest name (good to know who you are) and click Join. You'll enter a virtual waiting room, the host (that's us) knows you're there and will let you in.

You can control your mike and video settings in the control bar near the bottom of your screen.

If you don't have an account, follow the above steps, however you will receive a message to allow access to Teams/Zoom, accept to continue.

As you would be working with files hands-on with a trainer, if you are using a single screen, you can have the training file open on one side of your screen, and Teams/Zoom (where you'll see us), on the other. Alternatively use two screens, Teams/Zoom on one and Excel on the other for example.