Create Online Training Strategy

How can you Create a Successful Online Training Strategy?

Before the pandemic struck the world, the workplace was buzzing with new ideas. Companies were conducting training sessions with full attendance, and they knew just how to keep their employees focused. However, the last two years have been somewhat challenging.

Most employees are operating from home and in such a scenario organizing a training session could be painful. There is no way to ensure attentiveness, and the whole concept of bonding with your peers does not exist. However, things are not as bad as they look.

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Use the following steps to create a successful online training strategy and ensure a full presence.

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Develop a detailed outline and research on the content

You must ensure that you have organized all the material well. Starting with an outline, you can stick to the topic and structure the content you plan to deliver. In case you are not so knowledgeable about the subject, consult those who are.

It would be best if you had a well-set guideline because only then can you cover all the aspects of the discussion. Since you are intimated about the training, take your time to develop reference lists or a course companion guide that your employees can access later.

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Keep the audience and their objectives in mind

Your audience are your employees, but do you know what they expect to learn from this training session? If your audience has to improve their job-based skill sets, you must include exercises, topics of discussion, and case studies. Apart from that, if you know about their present experience and knowledge base, you can prepare an effective training strategy.

3

Create a buzz about the event

All your efforts to create something viable will be wasted if the employees have no clue what is happening. You have to ensure a carefully planned out ‘buzz’ is generated, which attracts the attention of all the parties involved. Send an email or mention it in the weekly newsletter. You could also use the company’s bulletin boards or any common area to notify the concerned people. At the outset, you could also ask them to confirm their participation.

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Make your content delivery user friendly

A lot of people are unable to cope up with the pace of the meeting. For such users, you have to ensure that they can access the virtual training later on. The system you use to conduct the training should be easy to enter and navigate around. They must understand how to attend the live event and webinar. If need be, record the event and post it on the company’s LMS or website for reference.

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Use engaging and interactive questions to keep the discussion moving

A plain monologue tends to get very dull. You have to introduce thought-provoking questions at the right point in the content. Introduce such questions so that your employees show that they are moving with you in the discussion. You could ask them a question and ask them to type out the response. Discuss those responses and ask your participants if they have any other doubts. All these initiatives ensure that they feel like active participants and not just listeners.

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Draw their attention to important details

You can highlight the critical content in the form of a presentation, which is a part of the live event. Doing this will increase their recall value, and they will absorb all the aspects of what you are talking about. In between the discussion, you could also recap what you have covered so far. Focus on the key skills so that employees grasp everything diligently.

The Takeaway

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Your employees need some time to imbibe all the information. You will have to see that there is no over-sharing of data, and the session is short enough for them to focus. In online sessions the length of the session increases the chances of boredom setting in, so keep that fact in mind when you are creating your strategy.