Having an LMS that can deliver course content is all well and good – but sometimes you need to have a live, virtual training session. For a long time (and arguably still), the leader in this field has been GoToMeeting. I personally have used it in the past for conducting consulting calls. I feel that their services is pretty good, but it isn’t ideal for everyone – particularly educational institutions. Another growing player in this space is Join.me. I have not used them from a meeting admin perspective, but the attendee experience is well done.
If you’re looking for an alternative to GoToMeeting, and perhaps some more interactivity built in for actually delivery classes, then you need to check out this open-source program: Big Blue Button. Big Blue Button allows you to run courses and encourage interaction through a variety of tools. Better yet, it’s free!
The real kicker is that they also have a WordPress plugin, so you could use it with LearnDash to deliver live training sessions as well as your pre-made ones – the best of both worlds 🙂 … For example, you could have one or two pre-requisite courses created that users have to take prior to getting to your live session. This will ensure that all your participants are on the same page by the time they get to the main course. This also gives you the opportunity to capture FAQs prior to the training so that you can adjust your presentation accordingly.
So if you haven’t already, head on over to the Big Blue Button site and check out this great, free tool.