What is Tele-Training?
organizations are doing an increasing amount of teaching, consulting
and coaching on what used to be called “conference calls”. The newer
technology is referred to as a “Bridge” (no connection with Bridge
Communications). Small bridges allow up to 30 people at a time, while
larger bridges can handle up to 150 — and the newest equipment can
handle over 2000!
still new for many people, tele-training is rapidly becoming quite
common. Many people use Bridges to run groups for their clients, to do
in-service training, offer workshops, and consult with referral sources
and experts. The uses are limited only by your imagination.
system requires only a standard telephone, no internet connections are
involved. It is fully inter-active, so you can ask questions, make
comments, and participate in the class like any other classroom.
The advantages are nice:
- You can participate from home, work, even a pay phone
- No commuting time or costs
- Total privacy– attend class and soak in your bathtub at the same time
- The costs are minimal. You pay only two fees:
– the tuition for the class
– the standard long distance charge you would pay for any other call to a friend or family member, usually about 10 cents/minute, or $6-7 for a one-hour class.
- The participant pays no “sur-charge” or extra fee for using the bridge
simply call the bridge number (a standard telephone number) at the
assigned time. Bridges require at least two people calling
simultaneously to “open” and answer your call, so if you’re a bit early,
you’ll hear the phone ringing on the other end. If that happens, just
wait a moment for someone else to join you, or if you’re a bit early,
hang up and call back 30-60 seconds later. Usually, the class leader
will be on the bridge and will welcome people as they arrive (you’ll
hear a momentary click each time a new person joins the bridge). Within a
couple minutes — just like waiting for everyone to arrive and find
their seat in a traditional classroom — the class will quiet down and
the leader will begin the presentation. Relax, listen, ask any
questions, and enjoy the learning. It really is that easy!
Tele-Class Program Outline:
The The program consists of three-1 1/2 hr. tele-training calls. Participants receive an assessment tool, resource materials and guidelines for exercises that are discussed during the calls.
Call 1: How Diversity Affects You- An open and “real” look at race and diversity in society today and how that relates to you and your community.
Call 2: Getting to the details
– Role playing exercises give true perspective into everyday
situations. Participants discover multiple ways to handle new
experiences they will encounter as a multiracial family.
Call 3: The Adoptee’s Perspective
– A thorough look at experiences among transracial adoptees are
discussed as adult transracial adoptees provide personal stories and
classes can be done through tele-training upon request. They will
consist of 2-5 calls. The program consists of three-1 1/2 hr.
tele-training calls. Participants receive an assessment tool, resource
materials and guidelines for exercises that are discussed during the
calls one week prior to the first call.
of the primary concerns for families adopting transracially is their
community’s diversity and where they will live. For many families
relocation is not possible. Fortunately, with technology there are new
ways to tap into resources necessary to address diversity issues.
Tele-training provides sessions to families who live in areas where
in-person training, support groups and interaction with other cultures
and multiracial families are rare or unavailable.
How Does Tele-Training Work?
Participants receive materials via mail including tele-training etiquette prior to training.
bridge phone line is reserved for the group and participants call at a
scheduled time. (participants are responsible for call charges)
Exercises and discussions are facilitated providing an opportunity for all participants to interact.