5 Top Tips for moving learning online
As we are all aware by now, covid-19 is having a huge impact on business across the globe. With a lot of businesses still being offline focused, the move to a more remote working practice is proving a tough one to crack.
We have been using a variety of online working methods for some years with our learners and have put together some hints and tips for learning and development professionals on how they can quickly move their sessions online.
Get some software!
If you don’t already have software for online training, there are some great free tools that you can use to get started. If you find it works well, you can then invest in something with more features. Not sure which ones to use? We have listed some great ones below:
For hosted training sessions:
Zoom – https://zoom.us/signup
Google Hangouts meet – https://gsuite.google.co.uk/intl/en_uk/products/meet/
GotoMeeting – https://www.gotomeeting.com/en-gb
For e-learning courses:
EasyGenerator – https://www.easygenerator.com/
Microsoft LCDS – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/lcds-tool.aspx#tab1
SmartBuilder – https://www.smartbuilder.com/
Upload your existing material as a starting point.
If you have been delivering offline sessions, the chances are, you have some materials you can transfer to online versions e.g. powerpoint slides, workbooks, handouts etc.
Use these to your advantage, pick out which materials can work easily online and get them uploaded. Most of the platforms have screen sharing options as well as options to run quizzes, ask questions and get people interacting.
If you don’t have any visual aids, just use the video option to deliver as you normally would. People can still ask questions and interact with the session as they would if they were in a classroom situation.
Develop a content plan and have a goal for each section
Delivering e-learning for the first time is not a place for winging it! Make a content plan and make sure it flows well from topic to topic. Have clear set goals for each section that meets the needs of your teams. With a solid plan in place, you will find the delivery so much smoother, especially if you are nervous about delivering learning in this way for the first time.
Explain the process.
Once you have familiarised yourself with the software, start with a basic conference call to explain the new process to teams that may be unfamiliar with e-learning/online sessions.
Send out instructions of how to use the online platform via email and talk through them during the call. This will make individuals feel more comfortable with the process and ensure everyone has received, read and understood the information.
Check your internet connection!
It might sound simple but, there’s nothing worse than trying to watch and listen to someone when they are constantly glitching out. Do a practice run to make sure everything is working as it should before you go ahead with the main event.
You should also think about background noise and design. You might be sitting at home, but you should try and keep it as professional as you would under normal circumstances.
Make sure you are somewhere quiet and your background is clutter free and clean.
In these turbulent times, a few changes can mean we can carry on with our daily lives as normally as possible. If you would like any advice on how to keep your learning and development programmes working over the next few months, get in touch via our contact page.