Online Training V Training Online. Which one is the best?
With the advent of the online world of opportunities, many people are now looking at delivering, or receiving, Online Training. Or is that Training Online? Either way, do either of them actually work? For hard skills probably, and for soft skills probably not. Or never if we’re comparing them to Face to Face.
Online Training is where there is no personal interaction whatsoever. In other words everything is done via the computer using a software program. Training Online is where we may be viewing or hearing someone, either in real time or as a recording.
Getting back to my point on hard skills. These are things which require a definitive answer usually by way of selecting from multiple choice options. This works very well for many business applications, fundamental education, and gaining understanding of concepts.
Regarding soft skills, these are the ones that are mainly required with Laughter Yoga. Engaging and managing groups, empathy and awareness, and energy and authenticity, to name just a few. How effective are these when done online? They are much better if the 5 points below are adhered to but they rarely are. Remember that no matter how well they’re done, they will never be better than face to face training.
Here are 5 ways to help you better understand and deliver, or chose an online training provider.
- Interaction: Even if it’s only via a software package interaction is vital. Listening to someone tell you what to do, or reading it, is not a learning experience. It’s information that people don’t retain because they know they can source it later, when and as required.
- Assessment: There has to be some sort of test or exam involved. This is the ultimate determinate of the effectiveness (quality) of any training. Learning is all about retaining new information.
- Action Plan and practice afterwards: Ensure there is a process whereby the individual creates a time lined action plan that they are then held accountable for. Having a learning buddy works.
- New Material: We want to learn new stuff and not the same old same old. This is particularly important because much learning comes from a teacher’s stories and experiences that are absent online.
- Other resources: There should always be supporting information and resources. Videos are popular nowadays and good for people to practice with or as a reminder for when they forget. They are also a good support or value add for face to face training.
If you have any further questions regarding Online Training then please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time. Any recommendations for future topics are also appreciated.
Merv Neal is a Laughter Yoga Master Trainer and the CEO of Laughter Yoga Australia and New Zealand. He has successfully owned and operated his own businesses for more than 42 years. He has created a Laughter Yoga Business Training Program, as well as the Business Mentors and Coaches Program, to help others to take Laughter Yoga to commercial organizations, and/or to create a Laughter Yoga business of their own. More information can be found at http://www.laughteryogaaustralia.org or http://www.mervneal.com