Given the shift to virtual training, facilitators require a better understanding of the best practices of training on this new medium. Shradha HRD has been conducting several training programs virtually for close to 5 years now. This helped us assist internal training teams of our clients make this transition successfully.
We recently ran another edition of our popular virtual train-the-trainer program for a global marketing communications agency. The participants were all senior leaders from different businesses. They conducted training on technical topics.
The main challenge the participants faced while training virtually was audience engagement.
3 hygiene factors for virtual training programs:
- Keep the cameras on and participants unmuted
- Leverage 3rd party technology tools (other than the one’s available on the platform) to keep participants engaged
- Develop & implement a clear strategy on active learning as opposed to a passive download of information
Shradha HRD solution
Recognizing that virtual training is here to stay, we designed the program with the belief that the more effectively we can harness technology, the better will be the end user experience.
The program focused on the following:
- Applying the principles of adult learning to the virtual environment
- Structuring content effectively using the principles of instructional design
- Using best practices for effective presentation
- Exploring advanced facilitation techniques
Post the program, our participants firmly agreed with the realization that training virtually is not about more slide movement but about more audience movement! Most participants went away with new strategies for grabbing audience attention, keeping engagement levels going, and making the learning stay alive even after a session.