Crucial Steps to Creating the Best Virtual Training Experience
COVID-19 has caused organizations everywhere to rethink how they do business. From sales to in-house meetings, how to carry on without business disruptions in a pandemic is the new conversation. Having that conversation without addressing training and development is a little like leaving the house in the morning without your pants; every aspect of your business needs to be united to meet the challenges ahead.
Businesses successful in training and development already know that suspending or canceling classes just because they can’t be held in-person is the kiss of death. Business objectives and strategies still need to be met. Whether we believe it or not, this crisis will pass, and those organizations that imagine they have time to ramp up slowly are the very ones who will find they have strategies that no longer work or, worse, training methods that are now obsolete.
Despite suspended or canceled in-person training, there is one consistent player keeping business training efficient and reliable – the virtual classroom. But don’t think just because you once did some slides in PowerPoint, you’re good to go. Many factors affect virtual training success. Following are five elements we believe make the difference between a blockbuster training and a lackluster bore.
- Not all classrooms fit a virtual or online environment. Consider these questions before moving a class or training online:
- What are the reasons for delivering a class remotely?
- Would a workbook formatted as a PDF provide similar results?
- What are the desired learning outcomes for delivering a specific class online?
- Would a webcast cover the training just as successfully?