Interactive Virtual Training
You’re used to conducting trainings in person. Now you need to learn how to do them online. No worries, we have your back. Our virtual training tips and steps will help you train a sales team, teach new hotel operations, and onboard new event marketing managers. Although it can seem daunting to run a virtual training if you are new to online work, you will be able to do it after a few practice runs.
Working from home is one of the best ways to remain healthy during the COVID-19 epidemic. Virtual training will be one the most efficient tools to help you succeed. Many online platforms are robust and can make virtual training fun for your participants. We have some easy steps below to make sure your participants enjoy it!
Virtual training requires that you research and select a reliable platform to host your events. This is probably the most important thing. Virtual training can be viewed as a side project, which is a mistake that can lead to serious problems and underutilisation of the features available on some platforms.
It is best to present in short bursts. We usually experience the world through five senses. However, in the virtual world we can only use two of the five senses: sight and hearing. This compresses the online experience and telescopes it. This compression response causes us to lose focus faster than when we are face-to-face.
It is best to communicate content in five- to seven-minute bursts. For maximum retention and participation, sequence an activity or break after a learning burst.
Let learners know, as you begin the session, that they must be prepared to participate in the entire program. Encourage them to close any other browser applications and turn off notifications. They have a limited amount of time together and will make the most out of it by focusing on what’s important.
It is also a good idea to include this information in an email pre-event send out. This information sets the tone and reminds the audience of their need to pay attention.
Many virtual software programs allows you to integrate and screen-share content in a flexible way. Some allow you to easily share prerecorded videos and PowerPoint presentations, whiteboard key points and annotate slides to emphasise importance.
The chat function is well-known to all. You might consider changing it up and creating a role play or discussion via webcam between two or three participants. Chat participants can provide feedback and add to the conversation. You should inform your participants that they will be participating in activities via webcam.
Peer learning is a key component of overall learning. The overall effectiveness of training will be improved by creating a virtual team, small or joint purpose group. Providing assignments, learning activities and practical tasks for peer learning is a great way to do this.
Learners are asked to make one contribution at a given time. In icebreakers, we often use serial engagement during face-to-face classes.
Participants should summarise the content at various points in a session. Ask participants to reflect on what they have learned so far. Use the chat function to summarise the information in 7-10 words. Some of the most popular messages can be shared.
Instructors are most comfortable with their own style, whether in the classroom or at work. A virtual training program is only as successful if you also have a style online. Mix it up by sharing slides and asking for feedback via text chat. Then ask the attendees to come off-line and provide more details after the session.
Final Thoughts On Virtual Sessions
No matter how engaging the content or the design of the learning journey, if participants have difficulty with technology, it will make the session a failure.
A good experience for participants is key to any learning session. Make sure that technology is tested and available for use. Also, make sure roles are clearly defined (e.g. assign a moderator to oversee speakers and participants). Prereading materials should be distributed well in advance. Use technology during the session to keep participants energised and engaged. To create a sense of community, make sure the video option is active on all participants’ computers. Also, establish ground rules and use online input tools such as chat or polling to encourage engagement. To replicate the in-person experience, consider virtual breakout rooms and feedback after sessions.
Participants need breaks at regular intervals to keep them engaged. It is a good idea to allow participants to concentrate for a certain time and have 10 minutes to stretch their legs or get coffee. For more information and help with your next virtual training or seminar even call our team. We are here to assist.