In the current global situation, Learning and Development teams are seeing the need to quickly move all corporate training to a virtual delivery mode, for the time being at least. But there are some huge risks and challenges associated with this mandate. It isn’t as simple as “move it all to virtual as-is and everything will be fine”.
Trying to deliver an eight-hour classroom session effectively in a virtual environment is just not going to be as easy as that, for a number of reasons, but primarily:
Problem 1: Classroom Materials are Rarely Ready to be Delivered Virtually (Without Adaption)
Firstly, the training materials themselves are, very likely not ready to be delivered virtually. The tools and strategies used to maintain attention and focus in the classroom are very different to what is required in the virtual delivery mode. At the heart of the problem is the fact that no learner can realistically be expected to sit through eight hours of virtual delivery. It simply isn’t possible to sustain attention for the same length of time as you can in a classroom setting, with physical proximity. Even if the materials are supposedly designed for virtual delivery, our guess is that they aren’t great at maintaining attention!
What do we have to do to convert our materials rapidly into a format which WILL be successful in a virtual environment?
For more information on migrating your learning to virtual delivery, take a look at our recent article by clicking HERE.
Callus to chat through the challenge you face with classroom training conversion. We are only too pleased to talk and see if we can offer some perspective. We think we can help in a few different ways.