Save the Date! – Dec. 1, 1PM to 5PM – “Virtual Coaching Virtual Conference” Invitation
Virtual Coaching Virtual Conference
December 1, 2014 (1-5pm)
Presenters, Titles, and Abstracts
Alex Howland, PhD, Rady School of Management, University of California at San Diego
Introduction to the VirBELA Virtual World
Abstract: In the opening session Dr. Howland will introduce participants to the virtual world in which the presentations will be delivered. The platform for the conference is a virtual world called VirBELA (www.virbela.com), a 3D Immersive Learning and Collaboration platform. Participants will create and use a personalized avatar in this session. They will see demonstrated the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and a text chat system that allows users to communicate from all over the world. Diverse learning pedagogies that can be used will be discussed and users will participate in a demonstrations that include an instructor-led presentation in the Lecture Hall and use of breakout rooms for project based learning and social learning.
Stacy Starkka, MBA, MS, PhD Student Consulting Psychology PhD Program, CSPP/Alliant International University
Using Avatars in Virtual World Coaching
Abstract: This presentation will discuss the benefits and limitations of coaching using avatars (virtual world characters) in virtual world coaching. Various avatar types will be identified and illustrated. Ways to maximize the effectiveness of coaching—and to minimize the limitations—will be discussed.
Holton Schmitt, BS, PhD Student Consulting Psychology PhD Program, CSPP/Alliant International University
Creating and Maintaining Empathy in Virtual Coaching
Abstract: Displaying empathy virtually plays an important part in the cultivation and maintenance of helping relationships. This presentation will identify the key aspects of displaying empathy to clients in a virtual environment. Drawing from research on empathy and coaching, this presentation hopes to provide virtual coaches with techniques for enhancing the display of empathy in virtual settings.
Neiman Hatcher, MS, PhD Student Consulting Psychology PhD Program, CSPP/Alliant International University
Measuring the Effectiveness of Virtual Coaching
Abstract: Virtual Coaching can serve to be a valuable opportunity to increase individual and organizational performance but can be a costly investment. How can purchasers of coaching services help insure that the financial investment in virtual coaching is worth making? This presentation will discuss different techniques for investigating the effectiveness of virtual coaching.
Sarah Maxwell – PhD Student Consulting Psychology PhD Program, CSPP/Alliant International University
Positive Psychology Approaches to Virtual Coaching
Abstract: This presentation will discuss and demonstrate some common approaches from Positive Psychology applied to virtual coaching. Topics include the role of positive emotions, such as optimism and happiness, the use of strengths-based assessments in individual development, and mindfulness-based interventions. Adaptations of traditional techniques to virtual delivery will be addressed.
Jon Ross Blankenship, MS, PhD Student Consulting Psychology PhD Program –
Using 360-Degree Feedback in Virtual Coaching
Abstract: This presentation will identify key factors for coaches to consider in planning, preparing and giving feedback to a client virtually. Drawing on the literature on 360-degree feedback in coaching and available research on virtual coaching, this presentation aims to provide best practice considerations in delivering feedback from a distance.
Rodney L. Lowman, PhD, Distinguished Professor, CSPP/Alliant International University
Ethical and Legal/Guidelines Issues in Virtual Coaching –
Abstract: This presentation will identify ethical and legal issues associated with conducting virtual coaching. Using the code of ethics of the American Psychological Association and its “Telepsychology Guidelines” as a frame of reference, the presentation will identify known ethical issues. Cautions around potential legal issues are also discussed.
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