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5 Tips on How to Thrive in a Virtual Classroom

What does it take to thrive in a virtual classroom? At the William Davidson Institute, we’ve had plenty of opportunity to explore this question in the past couple of years, as our Global Virtual Learning Center has been busily running online management programs.

Even pre-Covid, we were running many virtual programs — the pandemic put that into high gear. For example, our NGO Leadership Workshop moved (for now) from a 5-day in-person event to a combination of five half-days online and a collection of self-paced elearning modules. In our Business & Culture virtual exchange program, we have 8 sessions connecting business classrooms in four countries. Pre-Covid, the students assembled in person in their respective classrooms. During the height of Covid when the participating universities were fully remote, students connected from home on their individual devices.

Based on these and other experiences running virtual programs, I’ve gathered some tips that I believe will help students get engaged and derive the most benefit from their experience. We’ll be sharing the infographic below with our students in future programs — feel free to share this with your students, too!

At the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, unlocking the power of business to provide lasting economic and social prosperity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is in our DNA. We gather the data, develop new models, test concepts and collaborate with partners to find real solutions that lead to new opportunities. This is what we mean by Solving for Business—our calling since the Institute was first founded as an independent nonprofit educational organization in 1992. We believe societies that empower individuals with the tools and skills to excel in business, in turn generate both economic growth and social freedom—or the agency necessary for people to thrive.

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