Sharon Bowman’s “Training from the Back of the Room” (TBR) has become a mainstay for classroom-based course design and has become increasingly popular with Agile trainers. Sharon’s brain-science based approaches result in higher engagement, longer retention and more effective learning events. However, with the movement towards remote learning, there is a risk that some of these highly interactive techniques will become muted in distributed audiences. Those who attend this workshop will not fall victim to this fate! In this interactive workshop we will show how to take the great ideas that Sharon has given the community and apply them for designing remote learning to be as engaging as in-person events. Shannon is a TBR Certified Trainers and has extensive experience designing and delivering classes for both in-person and remote agile learning.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session participants will be able to: Describe the 4C’s instructional design model and 6 keys for making learning stick from Sharon Bowman’s “Training from the Back of the Room (TBR)” Articulate what “good” looks like for remote learning and explain how to avoid common pitfalls when delivering training content remotely Apply some of the TBR techniques to design remote learning experiences Devise a plan for how they will integrate these techniques into an upcoming remote training

Target Audience:

Practitioners, Coaches


Shannon Ewan

Shannon Ewan, an experienced leader, Agile Coach, Facilitator and Trainer, currently serves as the Managing Director for the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) in Chicago, IL. She has extensive business and Information Technology (IT) consulting experience in both the commercial and US government sectors. Since starting her career as an application developer, she has built expertise in business analysis, project and program management, IT strategy, and Agile beyond IT. She is also passionate about engaging people and empowering them to do their best work. Shannon has trained over 3000 professionals in agile methods and has served as an executive-level and team coach on several large-scale transformations. She currently focuses on helping organizations around the globe create world-class learning programs on their journey to Business Agility.