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E-Learning and Virtual Learning Platforms

This year, I decided to become a Certified Professional in Training Management. While I’ve been working in the Proeduacademy for almost two years, I wanted to understand the issues facing training management, both for my own professional development and to help me provide the best insights to our audience.

The last time I participated in e-learning was in 2003, so I enrolled in the virtual practicum option with a little trepidation. My prior distance education experience was short-lived and relied on what now looks like ancient technology. Still, I knew that learning technology had come a long way, and I was interested to see what this platform brought to the learning experience.

Not only were the pre-practicum e-learning modules effective in grounding me in the CPTM body of knowledge, but the virtual practicum actually gave me the opportunity to discuss and apply that knowledge. While I was nervous about video-chatting with group members I had just met, by the midpoint of Day One, I was at ease with the entire cohort and felt ready to embark on a group project with the three other members of my breakout group, which included a university educator in Colorado, a staff development officer who works in health care in Missouri, and a sales training manager in Mexico. The diversity of my group meant that we also had a diversity of experiences and ideas that we were able to share despite being geographically dispersed.

In-person best practices still apply to online training.

Our instructor used many of the same techniques online that she would have in a classroom. She shared the objectives of the course at the beginning, used active listening, ensured that everyone had a chance to ask and answer questions, provided examples, and encouraged participation.

Understand the demands of online training.

At the beginning of Day One, our instructor told us that she knew virtual learning can be “intense.” Accordingly, she planned regular 10- to 15-minute breaks and paced the course so that it wasn’t draining. She also reviewed virtual training protocol at the beginning of the course to make sure we all had the same expectations of ourselves and each other.

Source collected from: trainingindustry

December 26, 2016

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