How to provide effective training during and after the crisis
The initial panic over COVID-19 has passed. Slowly, everyone is starting to envision the near future. In accordance with research conducted by sociologist Everett Rogers, there are both innovators (pioneers) and laggards (people who only embrace a new technology when there’s no other option left) among trainers. We’ve seen how the corona crisis has affected them: the innovators went fully online within a week, while some laggards immediately threw in the towel. Because those who still refuse to use the world wide web for training courses can’t retain their customers during the crisis.
Digital training options: real-life findings
If you’re like most people, you’ll fall somewhere in between an innovator and a laggard. In that case, you’re probably looking into digital options now. To set you in the right direction, we’ve listed our customers’ most important findings. They are currently dealing with the same issue!
- You can grab participants’ attention online. If you have them complete interactive assignments prior to live meetings (using a blended learning platform), you’ll make sure they stay committed. They will also come to live meetings better prepared.
- Striking the right balance between synchronous and asynchronous is a feasible goal. You can use effective methods to keep participants active during the synchronous part and have them practice with course materials during the asynchronous part.
- Online training saves you a lot of commuting time. Take a few steps within your own home, and you’re good to go.
- Although there’s a screen between the trainer and participants during the synchronous part, you can have up-close and personal conversations with each other. On top of that, you tend to get to the core of things faster. Participants are well prepared because of the asynchronous part, so you don’t have to spend an entire day communicating with each other on camera (the way you used to do).
- If you use a blended learning platform, you help participants keep in touch with each other. It’s also easier for them to stay focused in between live meetings.
- Sometimes, trainers who prefer to solely focus on live contact require a bit more technical support. But in practice, it’s a lot easier than expected. Usually, it doesn’t take long for them to get savvy with synchronous and asynchronous tools, webinars, and the blended learning platform, and using them becomes a lot of fun!
- The fact that participants work on the training more often over shorter time-spans (either in synchronous or asynchronous ways) increases the learning effect.
The new normal
Here’s the conclusion our customers have drawn: you can get a lot of things done online. Most don’t want to return to the traditional way of providing training after the crisis is over. Blended learning is more appealing. Understandable, because the benefits are evident: less commuting time, more commitment, and participants who come to live meetings better prepared!
Want to learn more about using a blended learning platform to provide effective, high-quality training courses during and after the crisis? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to discuss your opportunities.