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Virtual Hands-on Training blends the qualities of Instructor-Led classroom training with the convenience of a virtual, online classroom. This type of training is typically delivered using a web based web application. Some of the more popular platforms for delivery include Adobe Acrobat Connect, Webex, or GoToMeeting. Classes will sometimes include lectures, demonstrations and hand-on labs taught by qualified and experienced instructors. This type of training cuts down on the expense of travel, time of getting to a classroom, and brings the instructor directly to your personal computer or work terminal.

With high speed connections and better software, equipment, and internet video, more and more companies are choosing this type of training over the traditional classroom hands-on training. Leading this movement is technical training, software training, creative software training, and soft skills (business/management) training. A typical online Virtual Hands-on Training session may be attended by one or more students from the same or different companies. There is typically an average of four to eight students in a Virtual Classroom.

Features of a Virtual Hands-on Training session may include the following:

Slide show presentations - where PowerPoint or Keynote slides are presented to the audience and markup tools and a remote mouse pointer are used to engage the audience while the presenter discusses slide content.

Live or Streaming video - where full motion webcam, digital video camera or multi-media files are pushed to the audience. VoIP (Real time audio communication through the computer via use of headphones and speakers)

Whiteboard with annotation (allowing the presenter and/or attendees to highlight or mark items on the slide presentation. Or, simply make notes on a blank whiteboard.)

Text chat - For live question and answer sessions, limited to the people connected to the meeting.

Polls and surveys (allows the presenter to conduct questions with multiple choice answers directed to the audience) Screen sharing/desktop sharing/application sharing (where participants can view anything the presenter currently has shown on their screen. Some screen sharing applications allow for remote desktop control, allowing participants to manipulate the presenters screen, although this is not widely used.)

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