So much of our world now is virtual and as we all continue to move and shift into this next faze of our professional lives, the road can get bumpy. So what can be done to ease the transition to an eLearning training model? Part of what we do as trainers at iLearnERP is to prepare hearts and minds for this change and potential, as well as making sure effective learning strategies are in place. There are several things companies can do to ensure the transition to online delivery is as smooth as possible. The following will highlight three factors to pay attention to, from the beginning of the process through the conclusion of training. Making sure the points below are clear to learners and trainees will help set appropriate expectations and make sure everyone gets and stays involved.
Virtual does not mean disconnected learning: Virtual learning or eLearning is synonymous with connectivity across time and space. Yet, many learners will feel like you are asking them to disconnect from the ways they may normally go about utilizing resources. Make sure you not only have clear learning objectives, but that you also clarify how they can connect with their learning advisors, and other learners, especially if they are geographically dispersed.
Virtual learning does not mean passive learning: Effective eLearning platforms and designers create interactive sessions that carefully define why they are useful and what learners can expect to get out of their courses. Trainers should engage the learners and clearly articulate what the expectations are around engagement, questions, and activities.
Virtual learning as viable and sustainable: Beginning and ending with relevant and clearly measurable business goals is one of the simplest ways to create an effective virtual training strategy. Virtual training is more cost effective and environmentally friendly, but don’t take short cuts around creating communal space. Take the time to mark success stories from individual departments going through the training, and make sure to have debriefs post-training in order to follow up on any issues and share information.
With the proper planning, you can help make your virtual training experience a huge success!
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