Online learning is allowing more people to take advantage of continuing education and skills so they can acquire the knowledge needed to be successful and share with others. The various platforms make it easier to help people change careers but also in corporate training and continuing education it’s helping people expand their skillsets in their current field shaping their field of domain and expertise.
The technology has made it easier, faster and more affordable to train people. The future of training will be online because it is scalable, accessible and convenient.
The question is: how do you take an in-person workshop format into an online format?
Here are 3 key strategies to adapt and deliver a face to face workshop, training online.
- Workshop goals and learning outcomes
Start with the goals and learning outcomes for participants before sketching the workshop and training design. Revisit the goals and learning outcomes to determine whether you’ll change any of them.
For example, ask yourself will your workshop goals and learning outcomes change because you’re moving the delivery and format to the web? Most likely not, but address any potential challenges your participants have with new technology in your goals and learning outcomes to ease them into the new format.
- Design the content for an online experience
For example, your workshop is training employees how to develop their leadership style. Your in-person workshop includes discussion in partners, reflection and written assignments. The same thing can be replicated online - LMS platforms like Blackboard have breakout rooms where you can conduct a live training and assign people into breakout groups.
It is even more effective if participants have access to a quality internet connection and webcam so they can “see” each other in the room. While stable and quality internet connections can be challenging, go with making videos shorter so those with less bandwidth can still access the content and material.
Turn your activities and written assignments into fillable pdfs so participants are showing “evidence” and submitting their work before they proceed.
- Deliver an interactive hands on experience utilizing gamification to replicate the experience of play and doing things.
For example, create and make flashcard games when teaching new concepts. The excitement of games stimulates the brain into action and joy and the participant is more engaged.
Take advantage of the different tools and technologies available and see the effect and value your online training can have.