How can L&D go online or switch from face-to-face training into virtual training?
Quickly rolling out virtual training
Over 88% of companies worldwide have made a quick transition to remote working. The sudden move to working from home introduces new criteria for essential skills related to work. Employees in the organization need to upskill quickly, so they have the know-how to succeed in a remote working environment. At the same time, they have to maintain routine training, even during the crisis, to help keep the business moving.
How can L&D and HR professionals switch from face-to-face training to virtual training to meet employees who are working from home? It’s time to move our classroom training quickly towards virtual training.
Need help getting started? You’re not alone! Here are a quick guide and some helpful tips to bring you up to speed on making the shift the virtual training.
What’s possible with online learning?
If your organization has not embraced online learning in the past, there’s no better time than now. The modern reality of our home office makes online learning a required tool.
Virtual training uses web-based technologies to provide knowledge to your employees. The opportunities are endless. To create course content ranging from video tutorials to step-by-step instructions, to microlearning modules, to interactive learning games, quizzes, and more, you can use e-learning authoring tools.
A key advantage of online learning is how interactive it is. Employees feel motivated because, whenever they need it most, they can access and use the knowledge on demand. An “Employee-generated Learning” system may also be established in which employees themselves create training content based on their areas of expertise.
Shifting to virtual learning: Some “do’s and don’ts”
Start by determining which virtual learning methods are the best match for your organization and its learning needs. Here are some “do’s and don’ts” to get you thinking in the right direction:
Start by deciding which methods of virtual learning are the best fit for the organization and its needs for learning. “To get you thinking in the right direction, here are some” do’s and don’ts:
What to do:
- Use cost-effective, cloud-based e-learning software like Teachr that’s very easy to access and use.
- Leverage your most valuable asset: your employees. Encourage team members to contribute to a shared knowledge base that their coworkers can access.
- Look for that 20% of your employees who thrive from sharing their knowledge with others and are eager to contribute. These are your true allies in the shift to virtual learning.
- Set clear learning objectives and use these as a guide for creating learning content.
- Make learning social and interactive by turning your online learning platform into a space for coworkers to share, collaborate, and exchange ideas with each other.
What not to do:
- Don’t simply upload existing PowerPoint presentations and expect learners to flip through these on their own. This is not an engaging way to present new information, and it will be counterproductive.
- Don’t simply “convert” face-to-face training to virtual training. Instead, “transform” your approach: explore and embrace the possibilities that online training and the virtual classroom offer.
- Don’t waste time with overly complicated course authoring software. Pick a zero-learning curve solution like Easygenerator, so you’re not stuck training people on how to use the training software itself.
- Don’t panic. This will take some getting used to. Remind yourself and your colleagues that you’re all experimenting with a new approach. This will create an atmosphere in which it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them.
Virtual learning is here to stay
Once your organization realizes the benefits of virtual learning, you’ll wonder why you didn’t include it sooner. Even when the current crisis is over, you can continue to benefit from online learning. It works great in combination with face-to-face training (a method known as “blended learning”), giving you the best of both worlds.
So, take advantage of this opportunity to explore new possibilities. We’re all coming up with creative solutions to keep things moving forward. And that’s what virtual learning is all about.