Thinking Without Pens

If you have ever been in a room with a truly great trainer you will never be without coloured pens, flipcharts, post-it notes, handouts, whiteboards, and any other amount of ‘props’ that support your learning.

These ‘training tools’ exist to stimulate good quality learning and to engage each delegate as effectively as possible.  All trainers will consider these tools as staples in their day to day working.

As a seasoned trainer I instinctively work in an interactive way – I run meetings with flip-charts and markers, all my business planning happens with whiteboards and post-it notes.  My creative thinking is stimulated best in this way.

With all of this in mind, the question of how powerful online training can ever be has been at the forefront of my mind for weeks now.

After hours of experimentation, reviews of software and careful thinking I am now very certain that remote training can absolutely deliver.

There are a few pieces of insider knowledge that teachers and learning professionals are always thinking about to ensure the optimum learning journey – taking a quick tour ‘behind the scenes’ of a training professional to find out how we can be sure to absolutely deliver even without the trainer in the room.

Learning Journey:

Any good trainer will tell you that real learning is about a change in understanding that leads to a change in behaviour.  Until your team are actually doing things differently, they have not completed their learning journey.

We are ever mindful that only a small percentage of learning happens in the room.  With this in mind, the work that goes on before and after the training session itself is hugely influential.

Remote Learning Win:  

With a remote learning programme, sessions can be delivered in small chunks, with preparatory materials, follow up content, and homework exercises.

Learners spend small sessions ‘in the room’ and can review and refresh content in between sessions with ease.  This approach fast tracks learning and gives the brain the break it really needs to absorb new ideas.

The facilitator can easily provide handouts, quizzes, polls and surveys before and after the session as well as learning activities and exercises to follow up for ongoing coaching.

Learning Styles:

We know that every delegate in a learning environment will have their own style of learning.  Broadly these fit into 4 areas:

For a training session to be really impactful, it’s essential to have diversity in your delivery so you can take into account each learning style and ensure that every attendee has a chance to engage with the content in the right way.

Remote Learning win:

With all the amazing software now available to us, we are able to create even better learning diversity than in the classroom environment.

Whichever your preferred learning environment, we can allow this through control of the software:

Communication Preferences:

We all like to absorb information in different ways and one of the constant challenges for a trainer is to ensure that they are delivering with diversity so that each delegate can learn in the most effective way.

Remote Learning Win:

The diversity that is possible with a well-constructed online programme allows all of these styles to be brought into play:

If you take into account the variety of learning needs that your audience will have, it’s more than possible to create a really diverse and engaging online programme that will really positively impact on the development of your team.

Beware though – a poorly constructed online interaction will mean ‘death by video conference’ for a large number of your audience members, so focus on really understanding the learning journey and how to engage.

My new favourite job is experimenting with the diversity available to me to create really powerful content – you can read HERE about how the content is working for people.




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