Live distance learning:A new direction for blended learning
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There is no doubt that the use of the virtual environment in distance learning has grown exponentially during the pandemic. Due to social isolation, virtual classrooms have become the main mode of distance learning. After all, this is an inevitable reaction to the countless months of remote work, which consequently kept employees away from face-to-face training.
On the other hand, the demands of employees continued to grow: training in remote work, emotional health, stress, and balance between personal and professional time, remote team management, among other various challenges that emerged or became more evident with the pandemic.
As a result, new problems and challenges have emerged to be faced in digital training and hybrid distance learning models. Keep on reading!
The impacts of the digitization of work and distance learning
Digitization at work has taken on a massive scale in organizations around the world. Despite the crisis, it was accompanied by some advantages, such as the accelerated advance of digital transformation and attention to issues that were not yet much discussed, such as emotional health, empathy, among others evidenced during the crisis.
Consequently, impacts at work have led to other impacts on corporate learning, which has also faced major challenges. The importance of T&D has become evident and distance learning platforms have become crucial, but there are factors that may be affecting the success of these trainings.
This is because a new obstacle appears in the face of this new scenario in learning: virtual classrooms were not accompanied by a good pedagogical structure, in addition to the lack of resources
Live Distance Learning: A new direction for blended learning
Given the factors already mentioned, despite digital dominance, digital training has not completely taken the place of face-to-face classrooms, which remain the most proven method of training. The face-to-face training portion offers advantages that no other method can supply in the same proportion.
Therefore, hybrid models have gained strength. A blended learning program is a combination of training methods to transmit, share and create knowledge for competence development and to support
The truth is that these methods are constantly evolving. Organizations must have quick responses to these transformations and innovations, as well as being able to anticipate them so as not to be left behind.
Live Distance Learning E-Book: A New Direction for Blended Distance learning
As already discussed here, face-to-face distance learning is a proven method that will never go away. So now is the perfect time to combine the best of the classroom and e-learning to create a new blended distance learning hybrid called Live Distance Learning?
7 lessons to increase student engagement in digital education
The analysis allowed us to identify 7 priority areas for improvement that will help Cross Knowledge and other L&D professionals develop more effective digital training courses. Check out what they are below:
- Take advantage of internal testimonials
Training courses are usually not very practical and very theoretical. However, students expect classes that are more practical and closer to their day-to-day realities.
The solution: tuning is simple! Share the experience of other professionals in the company through videos. Here, you don’t need a big structure with advanced equipment. Just use a good smartphone, always keeping a good frame, and a quiet and pleasant environment.
- Offer more interactivity
Offering quality content is undoubtedly the key to the success of any course. However, satisfaction surveys revealed that courses are often too content, making the training too long to absorb.
The solution: use multiple quizzes within the course! These tests give students the opportunity to make mistakes without major consequences on their results. Post-test feedback allows the student to understand why they made that mistake in order to better absorb the content.
- Improve clarity of instructions
Completing an distance learning course is not an easy task for all employees. After all, the digital maturity of students depends on several parameters. And attention: it is never good to make the assumption that current technology is dominated by everyone!
Another option is to provide a tutorial with instructions for starting the training and offer a specific weekly work schedule so they can just focus on training.
- Offer downloadable resources
Students always ask for extra materials with the subjects covered in class to consult in the future, as is done in face-to-face training.
The solution: Provide a summary of the course’s key ideas. It is also possible to offer a checklist or an action plan to complete at the end of classes.
These documents can be made available to students to help them implement the training and also serve as a reminder after the course has ended.
- Establish a focus
Information overload is a major cause of student lack of engagement and distance learning fatigue. Too much superfluous information demotivates students.
The solution: Offer a customization course where everyone can choose their own path. Another solution is to encourage students to only follow what is most important and then let them freely refer to secondary content.
- Diversify learning formats
The data collected in our review shows that video is the most popular format. However, it is not effective to only offer videos. In fact, students asked for more modules, more interactivity and more content to read. By adding these formats, T&D can diversify its learning offerings.
The solution: Variation is the key to a highly engaged training course that meets the expectations and preferences of as many people as possible.
- Limit mandatory course elements
Having mandatory courses can increase students’ completion rate. However, it can undermine commitment. After all, students are used to having autonomy in their work and can get frustrated.
The solution: make the required part of the course as short as possible. Inform students (from the beginning) that a test will take place at the end of the course. This is a good start to ensure they stay alert until the end and avoid going through the training again.