Moving live workshops online

A guide for beginners

In this week’s blog post, we look at how organisations can move live workshops online.

This year has been a challenging period for facilitators of live workshops. Platforms such as Zoom have been critical in enabling workflow to continue however, there are many challenges both for trainers and participants.  (You can read more about these challenges here).

Here at VidVersity, we believe that online training can be successfully integrated into live training to create an enhanced experience for everyone.  Online resources can bolster live sessions or help create an ongoing resource for learners.  For sessions being run on Zoom, an element of self-paced training can really alleviate ‘Zoom fatigue’ and provide some variety.

Let’s consider the benefits of this blended approach.

  1. Self-paced means self-paced

    Each person comes to the table with differing levels of skills and experience. A task may take one learner longer than another. There may be additional personal challenges such as child care, elder care, or other personal circumstances.  Providing a self-paced option will be best for those who are balancing these types of responsibilities.

    In the workshops we run here at VidVersity, someone who has used a range of authoring tools will move quickly through some parts of the content but go more slowly in other areas. Those new to online may repeat modules several times until they are confident. So building some room to move within online components means you can meet every learner’s needs.  No one gets bored waiting for others to catch and up learners who may take longer have the ability to move at their own pace.

  1. Capturing static content

    In any learning or training environment, there will be a component of training that is ‘static’. This means the content doesn’t change much and it is delivered to a passive audience. You may need to demonstrate health and safety procedures, new product features, a learning theory, some new legislative changes, a privacy procedure, or some new software. At this stage,  you don’t need your learner to apply this learning, you just need them to listen and absorb. This sort of content is ideal to capture as part of your online material.

    Deliver this to your learners before a live workshop session so everyone can start on the same footing. Perhaps you would like them to read or watch a case study example.

    Capturing this content will benefit trainers and teachers because it guarantees you have covered all the content you need to. Why not be available for questions and help and support whilst your students work through the self-paced material? Provide your skills to add value rather than repeating content.

  1. Use online tools to test and track learning

    With an online tool such as VidVersity, we can see how long it takes each learner to complete an online module. We can see if they need to watch it multiple times OR if we have a group working through online content, we can see where there is a disparity in skills. This data is key to adapting learning to support all learner needs and providing additional scaffolding where needed.  If we see someone has not completed a component of the learning, this gives us an opportunity as teachers and trainers to contact that person and provide additional help and support.

  1. Using teaching time wisely

    Using another example from our own blended workshops, whilst our participants are off working through their self-paced modules, we are available in Zoom for help and support. If anyone feels uncomfortable about asking questions in a group, we simply set up a private break out room. No one needs to sit through another person’s questions if they are comfortable with the material so the help and support are directed where it is really needed.

    When we do come together for group facilitation and discussion then all learners have worked through the preliminary content and case studies and have already had an opportunity to clarify material or have questions answered.  This is a tailored approach to teaching and training.  It is rewarding for us as trainers and provides support and value to our learners.

  1. ‘Democratising’ learning. 

    Providing an online learning environment that is both ‘live’ (via Zoom) and self-paced opens up opportunities for those who live outside major city areas, for those unable to travel, or those who may have disabilities.  Technology is available to us and should liberate us from these traditional constraints. Embracing the possibility of online learning whilst retaining the benefits of group discussion and group facilitation is key.

Want to find out more about moving live workshops online?

If you would like to learn more about creating online learning content as part of your teaching and training program, why not join our upcoming workshop “Creating Video Learning – Getting Started”.  The program is complimentary and is run monthly.  For further information and booking details, click here

A little bit about VidVersity.

There are plenty of video editing platforms on the market but here at VidVersity we have created an end to end solution from capture, upload, easy editing and the ability to add interactions and a range of ways to deliver to your clients. Our key focus is ease of use so anybody can use it and a produce a high quality end product.

To find out more contact us at:

info@vidversity.com

1300 928 090