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February 10, 2010

My first Elluminate lesson

Filed under: Cool Tools, Education — Tags: , — debyj @ 10:43 am

Last night I had the opportunity to teach my first lesson on Elluminate. It was definitely an interesting and unique experience that I would like to try again. I know there are already some things that I would like to improve on.

Some of the challenges I faced:


– I found there were a lot of distractions around me that made it difficult to teach at times. Someone would write something in the conversation box while I was speaking and I would catch myself trying to read it while speaking and that did not work so well. Eventually I just decided to ignore the conversation box until I could pause from talking. I also found everything in my house very distracting. My dogs would come in and try to bug me or my husband was trying to talk to me. I was only in the hot seat for under 10 minutes and yet so many distractions occurred in that time. I think next time I will have to lock myself in a quiet room to avoid distractions.

Teaching Blind

– I was really surprised to find that I was slightly frustrated because I could not see my ‘students’. I could not see their reactions to what I was saying so it was hard to tell if they were interested in what I was saying, confused, or just wanted me to move on to the next point. I realized very quickly how dependent I am on having that face to face contact in my classroom. It really does have a major influence on how I teach a lesson. I was only supposed to take 5 minutes but I went overtime and believe that was because I felt I had to do more explaining without those reassuring nods and vigilant eye contact! I am not sure yet how I will be able to address this problem in my next Elluminate session. I am hoping to get some ideas by watching others teach using Elluminate in the next few weeks.



  1. Hello Debroah! That is definitly good to know that little things such as your dog can be a huge distraction in teaching a lesson like this. Thanks for the heads up!
    Also, I would have to agree that we rely on the nods and mysterious eyes glaring us to ensure that our students are listening and do understand what we are saying… Although, a lot of the times they actually are not listening and do not understand what we are saying. I have not had my teaching session on elluminate but I wonder if our “students” would have more confidence to ask about something they don’t understand without us seeing their face?

    Comment by Andrea — February 10, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

  2. It’s great to hear from someone who’s already presented! I’m so excited for my “teach me something” session, but I know now to make sure to have the BF out of the room and the dog in the kennel.

    Comment by blmann — February 10, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

  3. You did a great job but thinking about these things are important and challenging. Have a look a this presentation about presenting/teaching online.

    Comment by Dean Shareski — February 10, 2010 @ 11:32 pm

    • Thanks for sharing this presentation with me Dean. She addressed both of the challenges I faced and brought up some other things to consider too. I particularly found her suggestion to stand up while presenting very interesting as well as the idea of a monitor. These online presentations are proving to be a lot more difficult than I thought. It is completely different than teaching in a regular classroom.

      Comment by debyj — February 12, 2010 @ 10:47 am

  4. I think you’ll appreciate this video.

    Comment by Dean Shareski — February 12, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

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