Building Trust in the Digital Classroom

  • April 15, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Virtual via Zoom
  • 22


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Building Trust in the Digital Classroom


  • Jesse Harris, Director of People & Culture at Virgin Orbit
  • Laura Pickel, Learning Experience Designer at Lyft


From discomfort turning on videos to talking over one another, the pandemic has taught us the limitations of digital get-togethers.

Yet online gatherings also present unique avenues to build trust. In this meet-up, we’ll focus on the benefits of connecting virtually. How does the virtual environment create new opportunities for engagement that you might not be able to achieve in-person?

As facilitators of online meetings, classes and workshops for Stanford, IDEO, and Virgin Orbit, we’ve learned how to use digital tools to our advantage. In this meet-up, we’ll get a little meta and use the tools and techniques we’ve developed to foster a conversation among participants about how we can use the unique affordances of the virtual environment to build community.

Learning Objectives:

After attending in this session, participants be able to apply a simple framework that will change how they think about online meetings. The presenters will share their quick start templates, a few of their favorite tips and tricks, and simple ways to insert fun into their next online session.

About Our Speakers:

Jesse Harris - Director of People & Culture at Virgin Orbit

Jesse is a Director of People at Virgin Orbit, where he leads the Learning & Development, Recognition, and Engagement programs for Sir Richard Branson's rocket company. He also teaches classes and workshops on gamification and change design for Stanford Continuing Studies and the Stanford He also crossed off a big bucket list item by winning big on The Price is Right in 2019.

Laura Pickel, Learning Experience Designer at Lyft

Laura has spent the past several years understanding the role design thinking and creative processes can and should play in workplaces. She does this both through her job at Lyft as a Learning Experience designer and the classes she teaches at the Stanford, such as Building Creative Cultures in the Workplace and Organizational Psychology of Design Thinking. Because she enjoys filling her time with meaningful work, she also works for IDEOU as a teaching team lead on their Leading for Creativity and Designing for Change courses. She is a graduate of Williams College and the Learning, Design, and Technology program at the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

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