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Virtual Facilitation Strategies: Ideas for Interactive, Engaging Trainings

This educational activity is brought to you by Springboard to Active Schools, an initiative of the National Network of Public Health Institutes & Health Resources in Action.

Presenter: Kate Holmes, Program Manager, National Network of Public Health Institutes

Made possible by Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-DP16-1601 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List guiding principles for virtual facilitation
  • Describe a variety of engagement approaches for virtual facilitation.
  • Incorporate virtual facilitation strategies into your trainings [in this case, Washington’s case management training].

Overview: This recorded training was presented to school nurse trainers in Washington to explore approaches for adapting an in-person case management training for the virtual setting. Transitioning this training to a virtual training raised questions on how to best incorporate new strategies for engaging the audience virtually. In this recording, Kate Holmes shares principles for virtual facilitation and models different approaches for facilitating content virtually in Washington’s case management training. Others may find this recording useful when adapting in-person trainings for school nurses to virtual events.

Recommended Preparation: Washington uses the Zoom platform for virtual trainings and asked the attendees to come to this workshop with Zoom facilitator basics – tutorials available on YouTube. (Note: the facilitation tips can be used on a variety of virtual platforms.) Annie Hetzel, Washington’s state school nurse consultant, thought it was “really important for school nurse trainers to spend some time in a practice Zoom with other nurses where they could take turns trying all the tools.”