Skip to main content

Interactivity in Online Trainings: Keeping Your Audience Engaged

Interactivity increases retention, communicates high expectations, and involves participants in the learning process. At the same time, it can be challenging to design online seminars with interactivity in mind. In this session we will provide 20 ideas for keeping your online audience engaged. We’ll also open the floor for discussion and gather ideas from the audience. By the end of the session, you will have a list of interactivity ideas to choose from when preparing your next academic class or professional development online seminar. (Note: Assumes use of web conferencing system for real-time online training seminars.)

We're happy to have Janet Sylvia, Digital Media Professional, OIT-CAES, University of Georgia, as our presenter!

Andy Crocker, TX
Ashley Fondren, Miss State
Becky Koch, NDSU
Chris Z, SDSU
Glenn Muske
Gretchen Hafing
Heather Gottke
Jacki, Penn State
Jamie Seger, Ohio State
Jessica Paulsen
Jim Lindstrom
Karen Jeannette
Kevin Gamble
Kurt H. Schindler, MSU Extension
Marissa Stone
Mark Light
Pete Flores
Rose Allen
Steve Hadcock
Steve Newman
Todd Hurt, UGA
Vince Verbeke
Bob Bertch, NDSU


Who Is Attending

Add Comment

Comments (0)


About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Agriculture Extension grant no. 2020-41595-30123 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and membership funding. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the content are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

Link copied to your clipboard.