As I write this, I'm seated at what's become my new workspace—the dining room table in my home—which isn't comparable to my office at the ATD headquarters, but it'll do. Like many of you all over the world, the magazine team and I (and all other ATD staff for that matter) have been working from home for the past month or so. The transition happened rather abruptly, but admittedly, it also has turned out to be a smooth one.
More frequent instant messages, the introduction of video calls, and managing employees from afar have been among the main changes. Otherwise, though, it's been business as usual to ensure we bring you relevant content to help you do your job better.
So, let's get to it. This month's theme is training delivery and facilitation. In the cover story, author Michael Wilkinson presents five closing activities facilitators can use to end their training courses in an engaging and meaningful way. And in these times of virtual everything, Wilkinson notes the activities trainers can easily use or adapt for virtual training.
The second theme article, by Sean McLean and Tom Sidebottom, offers guidance on co-facilitation. "Co-facilitation or co-teaching seems like a solution for so many class challenges; yet, somehow, it's not as easy as it sounds," they write. As Wilkinson does in his article, McLean and Sidebottom bring attention to virtual training environments and some of the specific challenges and best practices for teaming up in those situations compared with face-to-face, in-person training.
I recognize that many of you may have the magazine mailed to your work address, so it may be some time before you can access a physical copy. But remember that TD magazine is always available online—the full issue as a digital flipbook or PDF download, as well as individual articles displayed on webpages—and in the free ATD Publications app (td.org/PubsApp).
Take care. Be safe.