While digital has been a normal part of our day-to-day lives for a good number of years now, its application to “on-site” training (i.e. in a classroom, as opposed to “distance” training) still continues to be restricted to PowerPoint, in many cases. And yet, there are numerous advantages to using digital technologies. That being said, the trainer has to perceive the benefits of adopting this type of solution. And those benefits can only be educational ones. But is that actually true?
Educational contributions of digitized on-site training
What tools can help trainers to run their classes? There are three types of core functionalities:
First, interactive lesson plans. These allow trainers to design the course of an entire training day, in digital format on a single support. Broken down into chapters and sections, they help to organize classes clearly and to attach the documents you want to present: traditionally, PowerPoint slideshows, but also videos and educational games. Of course, interactive lesson plans can be used to define a time for each lesson section, manage break times and bring the class back on track if you overrun the allotted time (essential to preventing you from getting overwhelmed).
Educational games, what are they? They encourage learners to be active participants. At the start of a session, they can be used as “ice-breakers” between participants who may, for example, be asked to give a casual introduction of themselves. During the course of the day, they can foster learner involvement by taking a fun approach to training (quizzes between groups of learners, games of chance, etc.).
Lastly, the digitization of on-site training can help with the design of educational guides. Veritable information bibles for trainers, these reproduce the way that interactive lesson plans unfold, by providing the instructions needed to ensure that the training goes well. Sent out to all of the training teams, these educational guides standardize the messages and information given to your entire organization.
A first step toward blended learning?
These different digital functionalities, derived from distance training, make it possible to transpose good e-learning practices onto classroom training (capturing learners’ attention, granularization of lessons, etc.).
The ability to make full use of the possibilities afforded by e-learning will undoubtedly require acculturation and, as a result, real change management within training departments. However, a digital approach is simpler than changing teaching methods. It is much easier to introduce digital technologies into on-site materials than to institute e-learning in a training department that has never used it.
And, of course, it is much simpler for trainers to assimilate e-learning resources when they are already on board with the possibilities offered by digital technologies within a traditional
As a result, digitizing on-site training can be an excellent first step for a company or a training department that wants to embark in the world of digital. It gives trainers the chance to gradually adopt its benefits, so that they can then confidently take on blended learning (that incorporates both on-site and distance training).
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