Rolling out your physical classroom setting to virtual classroom

Quickly rolling out virtual training

Like most companies, yours is currently facing sweeping changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Over the span of just a few weeks, 88% of companies worldwide have made a quick transition to remote working.

The sudden shift to working from home creates new needs for essential job-related skills. Your organization’s employees need to upskill quickly, so they have the know-how to perform in a remote work environment. At the same time, you’ve got to continue routine training to help keep the business moving, even during the crisis.

How can schools switch to virtual learning from normal classes to reach students who are attending classes from their homes? It’s time to rapidly shift our normal learning settings to virtual classroom.

Need help getting started? You’re not alone! Here’s a quick guide and some helpful tips to bring you up to speed on making the shift the virtual classroom.

What’s possible with online learning?

If your organization has not embraced online learning in the past, there’s no better time than now. In fact, our new home office reality makes online learning a necessary tool.

Virtual classrooms use web-based technologies to provide knowledge to your students. The possibilities are endless. You can use e-learning authoring software to create course content ranging from video tutorials, to step-by-step guides, to microlearning modules, to interactive learning games, quizzes and more.

A key advantage of online learning is how interactive it is. Staff, Students and parents feel empowered because they can access and use the knowledge on-demand, whenever they need it most.

Shifting to virtual learning: Some “do’s and don’ts”

Start by determining which virtual learning methods are the best match for your organization and its learning needs. Here are some “do’s and don’ts” to get you thinking in the right direction:

What to do:

  • Use cost-effective, cloud-based e-learning software like Moodle that’s very easy to access and use.
  • Leverage your most valuable asset: your staff, stydents and parents. Encourage team members to contribute to a shared knowledge base that their coworkers can access.
  • Make learning social and interactive (#SocialByDesign) by turning your online learning platform into a space for coworkers to share, collaborate and exchange ideas with each other.

What not to do:

  • Don’t simply upload existing PowerPoint presentations and expect learners to flip through these on their own. This is not an engaging way to present new information, and it will be counterproductive.
  • Don’t simply “convert” face-to-face training to virtual training. Instead, “transform” your approach: explore and embrace the possibilities that online training and the virtual classroom offer.
  • Don’t waste time with overly complicated course authoring software. Pick a zero-learning curve solution like Google Classroom and Zoom or Sisco Webex meetings, so you’re not stuck training people on how to use the face to face software itself.
  • Don’t panic. This will take some getting used to. Remind yourself and your colleagues that you’re all experimenting with a new approach. This will create an atmosphere in which it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them.

Virtual learning is here to stay

Once your organization discovers the benefits of virtual learning, you’ll wonder why you didn’t embrace it sooner. Even when the current crisis is over, you can continue to benefit from online learning. It actually works great in combination with face-to-face training (a method known as “blended learning”), giving you the best of both worlds.

So, take advantage of this opportunity to explore new possibilities. We’re all coming up with creative solutions to keep things moving forward. And that’s what virtual learning is all about.

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