Virtual training continues to gain momentum as a high-impact learning solution that increases with Covid-19 to prepare us and our teams for the future.
In addition to the interesting statistics about the growing remote workforce, we must accept the fact that we live in a digital world.
Younger generation leaders expect their learning to adapt seamlessly to the world of tablets, smartphones, social media and the Internet, and with a new “do business” method already underway, a new gap is emerging – how can we manage everything from afar?
Therefore, the education of our teams should reflect the experience of today’s learner by combining traditional teaching strategies with accessible technology.
If you have a remotely managed workforce, if you are a home office worker or trying to reach a remote group of students, we have prepared a few tips for you to ensure you get the most out of your virtual training initiatives:
1- Step into the virtual world.
We see that many organizations fail in virtual learning strategies, but they failed because of inexperienced mistakes.
They switched to virtual training all of a sudden from class teaching and did not consider the impact on the participants. It takes some time to get used to virtual learning. Let your participants get used to it, understand its benefits, and don’t let a new approach to learning overshadow the training itself.
If you are new to virtual learning but still want to incorporate it into your learning strategy in the new year, try using a mixed approach. While providing a familiar learning environment for your team to return, this is a good way to slowly accustom your team to a new learning method.
Blended learning combines virtual learning components with face-to-face classroom training. THIS APPROACH IS PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE because it includes multiple learning methodologies and instructional design perspectives.
Due to the diversity of the teaching approach, the content will resonate with more learners, regardless of their learning styles. In addition, you will provide your employees with a source of motivation in this process.
2. Consider the physical environment of your participant.
When starting any virtual training, the examination you give to the physical class should be applied to the virtual “class”.
Make sure your participants are prepared for success. If you are starting a course that requires them to interact verbally and chat with other students on a phone or computer, consider where they will sit. Will every student have a quiet room or space to sit in, or amid a noisy office surrounded by too much noise and chat?
Do participants use laptops or desktops? If participants are on a laptop, they can easily move around to make their learning environment more suitable for their learning needs. If they are on a desktop (and in the middle of a noisy office area) learning can be compromised or, at best, challenging.
3. Test it.
When we start virtual training, the first thing we want from the customer is to test the technology before joining the class on the course day. However, there are countless examples of internal firewalls that block access to the classroom, or overloaded phone systems that cannot support 20 or 30 employees looking for the same place at the same time.
Show your status and test the technology in advance. Do your research to see what kind of “load” the systems in your building can handle or what firewalls may be available to prevent you and your students from successfully connecting to the virtual classroom.
The next thirty minutes can save you from countless headaches on the day of the event.
How Virtual Training Is Successful?
Virtual training can be an incredibly powerful tool when done right. Not only will you see better training results (not to talk about better business results), your distant employees will have a better and more engaging learning experience.
If you want to participate in our trainings, contact us and reserve your place in our next virtual training!