Running an Online Course (Zoom)

Forming groups can be held in an online format, and it works quite well! Here’s a testimonial from a Spiritual Director who is leading Forming on Zoom.

We have utilized ZOOM for our sessions. The videos play great, and the technology has not seemed to impede the discussions, the attendance, or the value the participants are receiving from the course.” — Jim Long

We have created a document that will help you get started. There’s a lot of detail, but it’s not difficult. Just so you know … there are a number of ways in which facilitating the course online differs from leading in a classroom environment, which is why this document is longer than we had hoped. One of the main issues we have encountered is that normal internet speeds can have a lot of trouble accommodating the high-quality videos we created for the Forming course. The high-density video is simply too much of a load for normal internet speeds. For example, if you have a DVD version of Forming, online participants may experience periodic jumps in the video or significant lags between what they see and what they hear. As the presenter watching the video that you are transmitting, you may be completely unaware of the challenges faced by your viewers.

Please note that we have migrated all of our videos to another platform … see this page).

Please download the document below and take care to follow the guidelines we have provided, so that you have the best possible experience with your online groups!