With the new normal where many companies are turning to remote work, our best course of action is to look for ways to adapt.
Switching all training into a virtual setting was a hard endeavour for a few important reasons. We were not looking to deliver the material exactly in the same way just while being on a camera. That would be a painful experience for the participants.
Our goal was to create a learning environment that allows people to stay engaged with the trainer and other participants the same way they could do it in person.
So when we were converting the training, we kept these rules in mind:
- All the same training material is covered.
- All the exercises are run as close to their intended in-person experience using modern online collaboration tools.
- The class leverages the virtual setting to learn tools & practices for remote work.
After having run several classes virtually, I could immediately see some benefits of online training.
Firstly, it removed some of the constraints that are created by the in-person setting. For example, without the need to commute to the training location the trainer and participants feel much less tired during the class. And the breaks are much more revitalizing as participants can actually disconnect from work instead of sitting in the same training room for the whole day.
Secondly, the online setting created a new learning environment for remote work. It’s a perfect way to learn how to work and communicate with your colleagues when you’re not in the same office. In the virtual classroom, we learn new skills that are necessary in any online meeting happening outside of the training too.
While when we started, we weren’t sure if the virtual class will be well received, we’ve gotten some awesome feedback. And not only about the usual high-quality class material and delivery, but also about virtual collaboration tools.
In conclusion, if you were unsure about attending an online training, you should definitely give it a try. Firstly, because you’ll get the same quality of learning as you would in a in-person class. And secondly, which is even more important, you’ll get an opportunity to learn new practices that will help you work remotely. Because let’s be honest, remote work might become a new normal over a longer period of time than what we initially anticipated.