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Moving from Classroom to Virtual Training

  • 29 Apr 2020 8:56 AM
    Reply # 8935104 on 8922908
    Katie Ryan Fotiadis (Administrator)

    @Cara Silletto: I agree that the camera use makes a HUGE difference.  Seeing the presenter(s)/host(s) feels more personal and engaging.  Seeing participants, as well, helps to create a small community feel, even if for a short time.

  • 29 Apr 2020 8:36 AM
    Reply # 8935081 on 8922908
    Katie Ryan Fotiadis (Administrator)

    Google Meet is rolling out this week as free for everyone who has a Google account.  Zoom has been a go-to & is really easy to use for those unfamiliar. 

    Here are Resources for Virtual Training Design and Facilitation from ATDhttps://www.td.org/virtual-training.

    I'm also posting resources, everything from Learning to Leadership to HR, on my LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/katieryanfotiadis).  Feel free to connect with me there & keep checking back. As I research relevant solutions & resources to help with a remote workforce, I'll continue to share (look at my posts for quite a few so far).  There's even a template for Remote work Guidelines that I'll attach here.  It may be helpful to you and your team. Feel free to alter for your organization’s needs.

    Hope the LinkedIn posts are helpful and if there is something else you are looking for, let me know and I'll add it to my research list. 

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  • 27 Apr 2020 5:52 PM
    Reply # 8931782 on 8922908
    Kelly Gonzalez (Administrator)
    Anyone else working with participants across multiple time zones who you need to get in the same sessions? We've started working with an afternoon "sweet spot" - but it really has limited our flexibility and the amount we can do in a week!
  • 27 Apr 2020 5:51 PM
    Reply # 8931779 on 8924540
    Kelly Gonzalez (Administrator)
    Tim O'Connor wrote:

    We are seeing a number of creative ways to try to mimic the ILT courses in a new VILT world. 

    The Zoom platform allows you to set up mini-groups and to have breakout sessions outside the main session.

    Also, breaking down the learning into virtual, consumable modules is important to consider.

    Totally agree about chunking content and breaking things down - we've also been looking for ways to incorporate offline assignments and critical thinking activities that allow participants to come back ready to discuss/participate.
  • 24 Apr 2020 4:40 PM
    Reply # 8926539 on 8922908
    Cara Silletto

    We are using Zoom almost exclusively for training and they keep adding more functions and features for interaction, like annotations, reactions, etc., in addition to the breakout rooms, polling and chat options they've had.

    Separating the half- and full-day courses into shorter sessions over time has been helpful, keeping all virtual sessions under 90 minutes. We're even combining blended learning where some content is now pre-recorded and participants must watch the foundational content on their own before arriving for the discussion or deep dive Zoom session together.

    I will say one key to success we've discovered in this space is requiring that all participants use their camera. If they don't, it's more likely they will disengage and try to multi-task during the session. These aren't one-way webinars. They are virtual workshops.

    Look forward to hearing others' tips and tricks!

  • 23 Apr 2020 7:13 PM
    Reply # 8924827 on 8923730
    Doug Collins (Administrator)
    Kelly Gonzalez wrote:

    I'm very curious what platforms everyone is using for virtual training and your pros/cons. We use Microsoft Teams for our collaboration tool, but I think it has limitations when we talk about moving our in-person trainings to virtual, and the tool we've been provided (Global Meet) is not meeting our needs. I'd love to hear from those of you who have experienced both Zoom and Webex Training Center for facilitation about which you like better. And if anyone has another tool they love - please share that too!


    Adobe connect is unbeatable for collaboration and learner engagement online. Usually the cost is prohibitive unfortunately. I've also used go-to training and WebEx training and had a good experience with polls, assessments, and other engaging components. Zoom is great for small meetings or trainings but larger audiences can get tough. 

  • 23 Apr 2020 4:39 PM
    Reply # 8924553 on 8922908
    Roger Buskill

    Here at the University of Louisville, we use a number of platforms. The BlackBoard LMS offers a few that are internal for faculty/Staff/Student use. However, many faculty, staff and students use some that you are probably all familiar with, such as Webex, Zoom, Go-To-Meetings because your companies might use these. Most of the ones I have attended were fine for meetings, however the presenter was not versed in good training design or delivery.

    Any of these platforms can be used for effective training if designed properly, keeping the participant center to the learning. If you don't build in engagement in the form of formative evaluation (knowledge check), group work or even gaming, the participant will tend to check out. You can make your training just as engaging as you would in the classroom if it is designed properly. Here is an informative article from Zoom that gives good ideas for engagement.

    https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2019/06/06/make-learning-trainings-interactive-zoom/

    The last thing I recommend is that you keep your training short with a number of sessions that might be stringed together over time to complete a topic. 

    I have used Zoom and Microsoft Teams (with the U of L account) and both of these work well for training, if designed and delivered properly.

     

  • 23 Apr 2020 4:22 PM
    Reply # 8924540 on 8922908
    Tim O'Connor

    We are seeing a number of creative ways to try to mimic the ILT courses in a new VILT world. 

    The Zoom platform allows you to set up mini-groups and to have breakout sessions outside the main session.

    Also, breaking down the learning into virtual, consumable modules is important to consider.

  • 23 Apr 2020 8:53 AM
    Reply # 8923730 on 8922908
    Kelly Gonzalez (Administrator)

    I'm very curious what platforms everyone is using for virtual training and your pros/cons. We use Microsoft Teams for our collaboration tool, but I think it has limitations when we talk about moving our in-person trainings to virtual, and the tool we've been provided (Global Meet) is not meeting our needs. I'd love to hear from those of you who have experienced both Zoom and Webex Training Center for facilitation about which you like better. And if anyone has another tool they love - please share that too!

  • 22 Apr 2020 7:23 PM
    Message # 8922908
    Doug Collins (Administrator)

    One of the greatest benefits of classroom training is the ability to connect participants to each other, share experiences and create new ideas together. As we shift to more online training options and virtual classrooms,(whether we like it or not), what are some tools and activities you are using to make sure people are still able to connect and build knowledge and skills together?

    Last modified: 22 Apr 2020 7:24 PM | Doug Collins (Administrator)
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