With a number of technological barriers, virtual training requires a different approach than traditional classroom instruction. If learners aren’t engaged or absorbing information, you could be making some crucial mistakes. Here are 3 virtual training mistakes to avoid:
Using classroom delivery methods
It’s much easier to engage learners in a traditional classroom setting than it is in a virtual setting. With this in mind, you must modify your instructional delivery for this new setting and its participants.
In a classroom you have the luxury of using visual aids like PowerPoint projections and print materials. Trainers can also encourage classroom engagement by asking questions and facilitating open discussion.
In a virtual setting it’s important that trainers find ways to incorporate visual aids by going beyond just sharing their screen for PowerPoint presentation. They can provide PDFs for download before each session or share links to relevant videos/media. They can also incorporate polling and quizzes as well as other engagement tools to make it more interactive. Asking questions that utilize the chat box for responses is a good way for learners to share their perspective for large groups.
Not designating time for learning activities
Many people learn best with the support of others and retain more information when given the opportunity to apply new knowledge, skills, and behaviors. Therefore, hands-on group activities are an important part of effective virtual training. However, group discussions and activities aren’t always easy with large groups.
Virtual trainers should designate time for breakout groups. All virtual conferencing platforms allow you to create breakout rooms, enabling you to split your group into many sessions. Learners can apply their new skills, bounce ideas off others, and gain new perspectives on training materials in a more intimate setting.
Not familiarizing yourself with the virtual platform
If you’re going to lead virtual training sessions, you must be familiar with the virtual platform you will be using. Technological issues can occur at any time, so you must know how to troubleshoot to minimize downtime. Furthermore, you must be prepared to aid learners when they encounter an issue they’re not sure how to troubleshoot.
If learners are new to this platform or software, consider providing a brief set of instructions for easier navigation.
Interactive, learner-centric development facilitates the effective transfer of knowledge, skills, and behaviors. Trainers can cultivate a supportive learning environment by developing their virtual delivery. Interested in learning more about trainer development? Contact Romar Learning Solutions today!
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