9 Tips for Successful Webinar Participation

Online classes via a live webinar setting are becoming more and more popular throughout the world. Students of all ages, from elementary to adult, are participating in all kinds of classes from math, writing, history, to literature and more.

Here is a list of 9 tips for a successful academic online class experience:

1. Dedicate the webinar time to your student’s weekly schedule. Add a 15 to 30 minute cushion on both sides. Plan time to prepare materials before the webinar starts. Even more importantly, provide time to properly collect and put away materials after the webinar. Also know that unforeseen technical difficulties do arise – although they should be rare – but the wiggle room makes difficulties easier to handle. Schedule the full time on your calendar.

2. During the webinar, eliminate all other distractions. Provide a quiet room for your student, away from exuberant siblings. Turn off nearby radios, TVs, music players, video games, etc.

3. Stop all other computer programs or the strongest connection and fewer distractions, – no virus scanning, Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Pandora, email, Skype, Chat, video games, etc.

4. Save all webinar class files in a secure, accessible folder on your computer. Consider using a backup service like Dropbox where your files can be equally accessed from more than one computer at a time, such as your laptop and desktop, or iPad, etc.

5. Make sure all class handouts are easily accessible during the webinar. Before class, PRINT ALL class materials and keep them in a single 3-ring binder. Print out new materials and add them to the notebook as soon as possible after class.

6. Watch the webinar alongside your child if your student is elementary aged and/or new to a webinar experience. Help him/her participate in the discussion (typing as needed), ask questions, and take notes of important details such as assignment answers, homework directions, etc. Even if your student is older and has some webinar experience, feel free to watch the webinar with your student at any time.

7. Set aside scheduled time for student to complete homework – 30 minutes a day, or 2 days a week, or dedicate one day for full completion of webinar work.

8. Remind your student that a webinar is a classroom setting despite the label of “Chat” on the interactive webinar screen. Students should keep their comments and questions on topic with the instructor. They should be mindful not to introduce off topic comments or distract the other students.

9. Get to know and understand the technology you are using as well as you can. Keep your hardware and software up-to-date. Search out tips for using your particular computer, web browser, webinar software, and word processing program. Webinar connection issues are usually dependent on your hardware, internet browser, and personal internet service. If your connection is spotty, many times the connection can be boosted by fully restarting your browser – or even your whole computer – and logging back in again.

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What tips do you have for a successful webinar class experience?


  1. I have also looked into these, and it is nice to get a little “heads-up” as to what to expect when we decide to do them.

  2. I am glad the list has been helpful, Jessica. Hopefully it will help folks get the best experience out of their online classes. Thanks for stopping by!

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