How To Run Remote Workshops

The sudden transition to remote working and online learning has thrown up all kinds of challenges for aspiring teachers and experienced trainers alike. This workshop will teach you how to adapt your own material, examples and teaching style to take advantage of the online format.

If you’re used to teaching and running workshops in a classroom or conference venue, trying to adapt your workshops and courses to work online can be daunting. It doesn’t have to be. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to connect with online audiences, how to share and present visual material, slides and code. You’ll learn how to use online collaboration tools to help your attendees engage with the material, and what sort of interactions and experiences you can expect when running online workshops. We’ll also look in detail at some of the most popular video conferencing and remote training tools, and what you need to know to use them effectively in your workshops.

Target audience: This workshop is aimed at anybody who wants to present and teach online. While a few modules have a focus on software development, most of the workshop is relevant to anybody who wants to learn how to run effective online workshops - whether you have decades of classroom experience or you’re preparing to run your first workshop.


  • Breaking the ice. How to get people connected and engaged with online workshops.
  • The fundamental problems of online communication - and how to solve them.

Creating Content for Online Presentation

  • How to structure your workshops
  • Balancing talk, slides, demos, exercises and breaks
  • Preparing for unexpected situations

Delivering Online Workshops

  • Presentation tips for engaging with remote audiences
  • How to stay on track and on schedule when you’re online
  • Juggling the channels - video, voice, chat
  • Audience interaction with polls and quizzes
  • Mixing it up: group exercises and breakout rooms

Technical Tips for Online Workshops

  • Cameras, microphones and streaming
  • Understanding screen sharing (yes, there’s more to it than you think!)
  • Using multiple devices and cameras
  • Greenscreens and virtual cameras

Digital Collaboration Tools

  • Virtual whiteboarding with Jamboard
  • Collaborative diagrams with Miro
  • Remote control: going beyond screen sharing

Video Platforms in Depth

  • Zoom
  • Cisco Webex
  • Microsoft Teams
  • BlueJeans
  • Jitsi

Followed by discussion and Q&A

About the Trainer

Dylan Beattie is a software developer, musician and international keynote speaker. With over 20 years' experience working in the software industry, Dylan has spoken and taught at over 100 software development conferences all over the world. He's the founder and director of Ursatile, established in 2020 to provide high-quality workshop training for software professionals. He was CTO at Skills Matter in London from 2017 to 2019, and throughout 2020 he's been working with NDC Conferences to virtualise their events in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dylan is a Microsoft MVP for Developer Technologies, and the creator of the Rockstar programming language. You can find him online at or on Twitter as @dylanbeattie

Upcoming Course Dates

Mon 28 Sep 2020
14:00-18:00 BST

Online (Zoom) • £144 Book now!
Wed 30 Sep 2020
19:00-23:00 BST

Online (Zoom) • £144 Book now!

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