Here are answers to common questions about booking or attending one of our live on-line trainings.
Where can I register for a live on-line training?
You can browse and register for our self-hosted live on-line sessions here.
If you’re interested in booking a training for your organization, click on over to the Booking A Training tab for more information.
What on-line meeting platform do you use?
I us the ZOOM on-line meeting platform for all live on-line trainings. I’ve used lots of platforms over the years and have been with ZOOM a few years now. It is the most versatile and reliable platform I’ve used.
What types of trainings do you offer?
Our on-line and in person sessions revolve around three main topics: play, caregiver self-care, and play related do it yourself projects.
You’ll find a list of training titles and descriptions here.
Can you provide an overview of how an on-line training works?
Sure, here’s a graphic I put together that helps explain it:
Here’s a look at some of the capabilities the combination of our studio and the ZOOM meeting platform offer:
- Because there’s plenty of space in the studio, Jeff’s not forced to present from behind a desk like many on-line trainers. He’s up and moving around just like at an in person making presentations more dynamic and engaging.
- The studio is equipped with two webcams so different angles can be shared when required.
- ZOOM allows attendees to share their video feeds. This makes sessions feel more like in person interactions.
- Beyond facial expressions, attendees can communicate with Jeff during sessions via their device’s microphone or the ZOOM chat box.
- ZOOM allows Jeff to share slides, photos, video, audio clips, and more during presentations if they are called for.
(Please note the above was written over a year before the C19 virus made ZOOM such a big part of many people’s lives)
Do you have some promotional material we look at?
Sure, here are some PDFs:
So, we could bring you to our conference live via the internet instead of in-person?
Yes. If your venue has a good internet connection, a large screen, and some very basic computer gear they can pipe me in via the web. This a much more cost effective option than bringing me in live.
What are some of the benefits of live on-line learning sessions?
- Cost. Across the board, on-line events are more affordable to host and attend.
- Flexibility. On-line events are easy to customize and allow attendees a lot of autonomy. For example, events can be scheduled at attendee-friendly times, attendees can participate from the comfort of their own homes, and everyone is responsible for their own care during the event–no more hassles about the venue, menu, or room temperature.
- Opportunity. On-line events make it easier to bring a wider variety of training topics to parents and caregivers in remote locations where training options are traditionally limited.
- Hassle. Attendees don’t have to arrange babysitters or fight traffic, organizers can avoid the busywork surrounding room setup, and presenters avoid the headaches of travel.
- Followup. After a traditional live event, everyone kinda goes their own way. After an on-line event, there are built in opportunities to provide followup support via on-line groups, email, and digital resources that benefit attendees in changing their practice.
- Green. On-line trainings have a much smaller carbon footprint than in person events. Not only am I not driving or flying a long distance to get to the event, in many on-line learning scenarios the attendees are not commuting to the event either.
How long are on-line sessions?
Our recommendation is to keep individual sessions to no more than an hour in length. Even in-person it is hard for us humans to sit still and be focused for long periods of time and I’ve found it is even more challenging when on-line.
With that in mind, bigger topics can be broken into multiple shorter sessions. The added benefit is that this also allows participants reflection time between sessions.
When can sessions occur?
I can present live on-line trainings pretty much any time that fits your needs. From my central time zone location in Iowa, I’m comfortable starting sessions from as early as 4:00AM to as late as 11:00 PM–which allows us to go live across most of the globe at participant-friendly times.
Can sessions be recorded?
Yes, they can. There are a few ways to do this. If it is something you’re interested in, mention it when you contact us and we can talk details.
What experience do you have with on-line trainings?
I’ve presented on-line in a number of formats for nearly 15 years.
Why are you offering on-line trainings?
I”m offering on-line learning sessions for a number of reasons:
- Budgetary limitations prevent some organizations from booking our in person conference presentations. On-line trainings are an affordable alternative.
- There are lots of Training Deserts where training variety and availability is limited. On-line trainings can bring our trainings to these areas.
- For a number of years I was away from home for around 6 months a year doing presentations. The travel side of things was sucking the joy out of the work. On-line trainings allow me to spend more time at home while still doing (and loving) what I enjoy.
How many people can participate in a session?
I’m currently set up to accommodate 100 logins to a session and it is possible for more than one person to view a session from a location.
It’s possible to expand the capacity if needed.
Are training certificates provided after on-line sessions?
Explorations Early Learning provides certificates for sessions I sponsor. When another organization sponsors the training, the certificate may be available from Explorations Early Learning or the sponsoring organization.
In some cases (usually free sessions) certificates may not be offered.
It is the attendees responsibility to determine if the certificates we issue meet in-service professional development training requirements in their area.
When Explorations Early Learning is in charge of issuing certificates, I will email them in PDF form to attendees who both signed in to the session and completed the post session evaluation.
Can I see a sample certificate?
Sure. While the design may change, the certificates I issue will contain the same basic information.
What do you charge for a live online training?
The cost for live online trainings varies based on session length, time, and demand. A session up to one hour in length scheduled Monday-Friday starts at $500.
Contact if you have questions.
How do I book an event?
Contact us to start the booking process.
How far in advance do we need to book an event?
As far in advance as possible is always best, especially if you are already locked in to a specific date and time for the event.
That said, on-line events are pretty simple to set up and require no travel arrangements, so I can be pretty flexible if you need to book something on short notice and I have an opening in my schedule.
Where can we see your available dates and times?
You can check out our training calendar here.
Can we pencil in a date to keep it safe while making a decision?
Sure. Just ask when you contact us about booking the event. My only request is that you contact me as soon as possible if you decide not to use me for your event so I can make the date available.
Do you require a contract?
Yes. I’d prefer a handshake, but a contract keeps things clear and outlines what is expected of both parties. After you book an event, I will email a contract for your review. When everyone is happy with the document you can sign and email back a copy.
Do you require a deposit?
Not for on-line sessions.
How do you prefer to be paid?
I accept payment by check or online with any major card or via bank transfer through PayPal.
What if we need an invoice to get you paid?
Just ask. I invoice through PayPal and just need to know where to email the invoice.
What are your feelings about paperwork?
Over the last few years, some states have implemented complicated and time-consuming procedures for approving trainings that involve mountains of paperwork.
While I understand this is a reality that many event organizers must deal with, my training fees do not cover spending hours on paperwork. We will have to negotiate an additional paperwork fee if someone on my end has to complete mad stacks of paperwork.
I’ve tried to make it easy for the person on your end responsible for paperwork. For example, each session description includes learning goals as well as a session description and you can just click below to grab my bio, resume, list of publications, or head shots:
Will you help publicize our event?
Sure. I’m happy to share info about events via my social media feeds and training email list. I’ll just need links and images to can share.
I can also do a short promo video you can share to help promote the event.
How do I join a session?
You’ll find details for joining a session and more about the ZOOM meeting platform in this FAQ.
Will the session ‘count’ as professional development in my area?
All our sessions qualify as approved Nebraska Department Of Education Office Of Early Childhood Automatically Accepted ECE In-Service Training.
Beyond that, since the requirements for in-service training approval varies from location to location, you’ll need to check with someone in your area to determine if our sessions count.
As time allows I will work to gain approvals in more locations, but it is a slow and time consuming process.
You can reach out to discuss the topic more, if you like.
What’s the basic session format?
It will vary a bit from session to session, but the basic format is an introduction followed by presentation. Questions and conversation are welcome via microphone and chat messages throughout the session.
Participants are also encouraged to share specific questions they may have on the session’s topic via a chat message before the session starts so they can be addressed in the session.
How do I get a certificate?
As sessions wrap up, I share a session evaluation link in the chat. After submitting a completed evaluation you’ll receive a email with a personalized certificate in PDF format attached.
Upon registration, all session attendees receive a PDF version of the following with additional information about the certificating process:
Any tips on getting the most from a session?
Yes–I send out a PDF with the following information to all session attendees upon registration:
What if my internet goes out during a live training?
If your internet goes out, your battery dies, or some other act of God keeps you from completing a session, I can usually make a video of the session available so you can see what you missed.
If the technology fails on our end, I will reschedule the session as soon as possible and/or make a recording of the session available to all registered attendees.