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The world continues to develop. In the didactic field, too, new, more effective ways to train people are discovered all the time. Some of these are technological in nature. Just think of Zoom, Teams and other video-conferencing tools, which have gained popularity fast (because of the corona crisis, among other things).
This is why LearningStone attaches great value to lifelong learning — which we believe applies to both participants and trainers. Of course, the didactic element of a training — the way in which you impart and convey knowledge — is what interests the trainer most. But if you can’t meet participants face to face in a physical environment (for example, due to COVID-19 or a limited geographical reach), technology becomes increasingly important. And that’s why it is crucial to keep up in this area.
Working with a blended learning platform is like driving a car
Currently, there is increasing pressure to provide online training. A blended learning platform offers a solution, but only if you use it in the right way. It’s not just about understanding how it works in terms of technology. You’ll only get the most out of it if you know how technology can enhance the didactic element of your training.
Of course, help pages and a support department can help you figure out a lot of things. You will learn where to find buttons and how to use the blended learning platform at a basic level. But have you mastered the technology to such a degree that you can explain to participants which part of the training is held live and which part is held online, where they can post assignments, how they should upload a video, and how they can post responses? Can you tell them through which routes they can communicate and collaborate in the most effective way? The answer to these questions should be yes. For only then, the platform will enhance the effectiveness of your training, and technology is a means that supports your didactic goal.
A training designer, who develops and designs the training, should know the platform inside out. But for a trainer who implements the training, working with a blended learning platform is like driving a car: you don’t have to look under the hood, but you should be able to drive the vehicle. How to go about it?
Translating a training course to an online environment: what are the possibilities?
We have developed new services for trainers who use LearningStone and want to learn fast from people who have experience working with it. These services are offered at different levels. If you’re just getting started with LearningStone and you want to master the basics, we can help you out. But if you have worked with the platform for a while and feel it’s time to look under the hood to discover all possibilities, there’s a suitable service for you, too.
Especially during the COVID-19 crisis, these services can be very valuable: when setting up your training course, you can hit the ground running without having to pay attention to the means (or, the platform)!
You can also join the community of LearningStone users, who share knowledge, tips, and tricks with each other during roundtable discussions. More on that in our next blog post!