Many organizations have been forced to rapidly provide Virtual Instructor-Led Training. Hit the ground running with these tips for turning your classroom courses into effective and engaging virtual learning experiences without sacrificing quality.
Tips For Creating Virtual Learning Experiences
These are unique and challenging times for all of us. With the added pressures due to COVID-19 restrictions, getting your people the information and training they need may seem daunting. The fortunate companies have robust Learning and Development (L&D) departments to help with the transition to virtual training. However, many companies do not have that luxury, and L&D departments may not have the bandwidth to respond to every piece of knowledge transfer required. We do not know how long these restrictions will last, but learning must continue. The following are simple steps—from development to facilitation—to help you create an effective and engaging virtual learning experience and to avoid a virtual brain dump.
For generalized content, before you create anything, check if there is an off-the-shelf option available to save you time and money. Some resources are LinkedIn Learning, Pryor Learning, Kantola Training Solutions, Percipio or BizLibrary.
Creating quick and effective online training from your classroom content has lots of pitfalls. Classroom and eLearning are not “one and the same.” So follow these 6 steps for a smooth conversion process.
Convert ILT to eLearning
We are all adapting to a strange new world. Our teams are scattered and remotely working. We’ve shifted to virtual everything, from meetings to happy hours. The new business-norm is anything but normal. Our existing Instructor-Led Training (ILT) is collecting dust on the shelf and the learning centers are dark. Yet now is the greatest time to upskill employees. People are finding themselves with more time to dedicate to improve and expand their skills. How can your company take advantage of this unique opportunity quickly, yet effectively? Pulling from my 20 years of experience, the following are 6 actions to take when repurposing your ILT materials to eLearning. This is not a step-by-step process. These are actions that need to work in tandem to create your online experience.
Are you trying to decide which modalities or delivery methods to use in your blended learning strategy? This article will help you choose the ones that work together seamlessly to meet your learning objectives and engage every learner.
Modality Ideas For Blended Learning
Many Instructional Designers have found that using only one modality or delivery method for a project isn’t effective. People have different learning preferences and it’s not as simple as “Cara prefers visual content, and Jose prefers hands-on practice.” The truth is: learners’ preferences change depending on the information or task they’re learning. How can you meet everyone’s needs, achieve objectives, and stay within budget? Savy Instructional Designers have turned to blended learning because it offers a more efficient learning experience and increased learner engagement, which leads to improved learner performance and measurable results.
If designed properly, blended learning is focused on giving learners more autonomy in how and when they are trained rather than following a strict schedule of activities. Blended learning is flexible, allowing the designer to revise and customize all or parts of the training as needed. Lastly, blended learning is more than just adding technology to classroom training. It builds a seamless learning experience using a variety of delivery methods to offer personalized training that helps them achieve learning objectives and business goals efficiently.