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From physical to online: set up a solid training course in 2 stages

In this ‘new’ era, many trainers use applications such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams to organize live training courses. But the majority do the exact same thing they’d do in a physical training room. The only difference is the screen that separates them from participants. By adopting this approach, they miss out on a lot — online interaction can be designed in a very innovative way. If you let go of the physical training binder, a world of opportunities opens up to you. But how to switch from a physical training course to an online training course?

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Stage 1: laying the foundation

Well begun is half done. Often, the first step consists of preparing materials, clarifying learning goals, and setting some basic agreements. You determine which methods and forms of communication are best suited to organize an effective training course. (Are you looking for an Agile method to design the initial setup of your online training course? Track-design might be the solution you seek.)

To achieve learning efficiency and business return, you go through a learning curve. You need to get used to your new technical tools. How to organize webinars? How does a blended learning platform work? How do you handle synchronous and asynchronous learning in a smart way? You learn the purpose of each button, discover which materials you can use, and get the hang of creating new materials.

Once trainers have mastered these technical matters, they tend to focus on their training course again. By doing so, they’re missing out on a myriad of opportunities. For when properly used, technology can transform a training course in significant ways. It’s important to realize you’re at the dawn of the next (really interesting) stage.


Stage 2: continuous learning

As you’re no longer in the same room, it’s crucial to balance the synchronous and asynchronous part. If you want to keep participants focused, you should integrate interaction. Now that the blended learning platform allows participants to prepare independently, you can provide in-depth training during live meetings. It will also be much easier to prepare for the next group that will follow the same training course.

Additionally, the technology enables you to seize a lot of new opportunities you probably missed during stage 1. For example, you can introduce microlearning, gradually release materials (based on results or time), take online tests, and make courses available in different languages.

From a business point of view, these things yield a lot: you will make more efficient use of your time, onboard participants faster, travel less, and easily integrate lessons learned into the next training course.

Briefly put, when it comes to technology, you’ve got plenty of reasons to continue to learn. If you keep repeating the same ‘training recipe’ after setting up your first training course, you won’t improve. Technology is the go-to means to achieve higher learning efficiency and business return!


Will you jump on the continuous development and improvement train?

Much like trainers, techology is always evolving, and the possibilities constantly expand. Do you want to explore the options together with other trainers? LearningStone organizes training courses for beginners and experts. For a small fee, you can also join our weekly RoundTable. All workspace managers can participate for free during 1 month. And if you decide to take out a LearningStone license, you will get a free consultation with a blended learning expert!



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