COVID-19 and Workplace Training – 3 Alternatives to Classroom Training
How do you lessen the impact of COVID-19 on L&D? Discover 3 alternatives to ILT to combat the impact of COVID-19 on corporate training.
Combat the Impact of COVID-19 on Workplace Training3 Ideas to Move Training Online
- Shift to virtual from classroom training
- Create a repository of digital assets
- Reconfigure post-training support
3 Ways to Reconfigure Workplace Training to Reduce the Impact of COVID-19
1. Shift from Classroom to Virtual TrainingLearning leaders are being tasked with shifting their face to face classroom programs to virtual training as quickly as possible. For most of these virtual programs, ensuring the same level of engagement and efficacy seen in the classroom is critical, to meet learner expectations. You can choose between synchronous (Virtual Instructor-led Training or VILT) and asynchronous learning (eLearning) methods to go virtual. That said, a mere ‘copy and paste’ approach of converting your conventional classroom to virtual training may not be the best choice. There are two important considerations for a successful transition.
- Replacing what works best in the classroom with an online equivalent
- Basing solutions on adult learning principles, instead of blindly going with what technology has to offer
Ways to Make eLearning and VILT Impactful
2. Create a Repository of Digital Learning AssetsFast forward to the next few years (as we move toward a world more in tune with remote working): Workplace learning is going to be more social, collaborative, and multi-dimensional. With technology enabling on-demand learning and sharing, everyone in the organization is going to look for formats that facilitate learning and sharing. But what can be done to enable such a learning culture right now, to beat the impact of COVID-19 on your workplace training? Create and offer microlearning solutions! Microlearning assets are perfect for creating a “Netflix for Digital Learning” in your organization. You can create a repository with a range of assets – micro videos, interactive eBooks and PDFs, audio podcasts, GIFs, game and simulation-based nuggets, blog posts, and so much more. In fact, you can even digitize certain ILT resources into microlearning.
- Printed manuals or process maps used in classroom sessions can be turned into interactive eBooks and PDFs.
- Case studies discussed in ILT sessions can be converted into scenario-based nuggets.
- The Q&A at the end of the classroom session can be turned into micro FAQ modules.
- Conventional reference guides can be digitized into ‘how-to’ micro video demos.
- Printed job-aids can be converted to infographics with quick takeaways.
- Recordings of classroom sessions can be broken down into micro videos (on one learning objective each) for post-training reference.
3. Reconfigure Post-Training SupportWe know that learning is a process, not just a one-off event. And to overcome the ‘forgetting curve’, learning has to be:
- Spaced over time
- Repeated at regular intervals
- Mobile app to help employees look up product features and its working
- Infographic that offers a comparison chart of top competitors at-a-glance
- Social learning platform that sales executives can use to interact with others in similar situations
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