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Virtual Events: Overview

Face-to Face Events Transitioned to Virtual in due to COVID-19

Walden University is committed to providing education for good and to being excellent global citizens. Walden has made it a priority to align with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and federal, state, and local authorities to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. We believe that this is the responsible and right thing to do not only for the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff but for our nation. Based on their guidance, we have made decisions to transition several events from on-ground to virtual formats.

Please see the Academic Experiences COVID-19, the Calendar, and your event website (if registered) for additional information about your upcoming virtual experience.

View also student testimonials from events that transitioned from face-to-face to virtual.

Technical Requirements for Virtual Events

In addition to the current technical requirements for Walden’s online courses, virtual events require you to have the following:

  • Laptop or desktop computer
    • Students are required to attend all sessions using a laptop or desktop computer (or other device) that enables them to see the screen and have access to download/read curriculum documents. (It is okay to call in on the phone as long as you also have a laptop/desktop to see the screen.)
  • Speakers
    • The virtual academic experience is designed to be a collaborative learning environment. You do have to use audio functions in order to listen to synchronous sessions.
    • The residency sessions are designed as student-centered, interactive experiences where students are expected to take an active role in learning, contribute to dialogue, and participate fully in large and small group activities.
    • Speaker options include:
      • the computer’s speakers which allows you to listen to computer audio
      • dial in with your phone using Zoom’s call in option to listen
      • an external speaker with USB or AUX attachment or;
      • a headset with USB or AUX attachment
  • Microphone
    • Students are required to have and use microphones to participate in large and small group discussions. (Mics are NOT optional).
    • Microphone options include:
      • the computer’s microphone which allows you to speak into computer microphone
      • dial in with your phone using Zoom’s call in option to speak
      • an external microphone with USB or AUX attachment or;
      • a headset with microphone with USB or AUX attachment
    • The synchronous sessions will have a chat feature that can be used in place of microphone when session leaders are presenting.
  • Webcam
    • Students are required to have and use webcams to participate in group discussions. (Webcams are NOT optional).
    • Minimum resolution at 640 x 480 standard definition.
  • High-speed Internet

    • Access to the internet using high speed access (Cable, DSL, Network) is required for all virtual sessions.

    • The suggested speed is 1 Mbps or better (broadband recommended).

    • To learn about your internet speed, use as a broadband speed analysis tool that allows anyone to test their Internet connection. The speed test will test all available bandwidth on your network, but it does not take into account other users on the network that may be using bandwidth at the same time.

  • Zoom web conferencing software

    • You must have the ability to run Zoom software. Go to this website to check your system requirements.

Walden was the first higher education institution to offer a virtual residency experience for non-licensure PhD students. Walden's virtual residencies, labs and intensives offer you the same learning opportunities as our face-to-face events but without the travel requirements.

As a student attending a virtual event, you can take advantage of innovative social networking technology that allows you to participate in learning activities through virtual conferences and dynamic online classrooms. You will also be placed in a small cohort of students, which will foster even more opportunities for you to connect with your classmates and faculty.  

Just as the face-to-face academic experience requires you to attend scheduled seminars, you will need to attend online events that are scheduled throughout the virtual event. Click here to view upcoming virtual event dates. 

Why Choose a Virtual Event?

You may want to choose a virtual residency, lab or intensive if:

  • Traveling presents professional or personal difficulties for you.
  • Your budget limits travel and lodging expenditures.
  • You enjoy collaborating in small groups but also like to work independently around your own schedule.
  • You would like to develop skills with innovative technologies such as virtual conferencing and social media.
  • You are available to attend online seminars and activities during several scheduled time frames over the course of one month.
  • You can communicate via webcam.

Attendance and Schedule


Attendance is required in ALL sessions in order to successfully complete your residency, lab or intensive.



Refer to your registration confirmation email for the specific schedule of sessions for your program and level. The final schedule will also be available in the Blackboard classroom one week prior to the start of the event.


Virtual academic residencies and academic events are scheduled for varying start and end days and times depending on your program and level. We are aware of the sacrifices and accommodations that students and Walden faculty and staff make to incorporate these events into their work and personal calendars. While the event schedule may be slightly inconvenient for the short term, you'll soon experience the long-term benefits throughout your academic and professional growth and development.

View the Calendar for event options by program if you need to select a different event.


To register for a virtual event, log in to myWalden and follow the process for residency registration. For more information, call 1-800-WALDENU (1-800-925-3368).

Frequently Asked Questions