Finally, classroom training as a setup is coming under increasing pressure. In particular, this is due to costs and hope of different learning methods, based on digital media. In fact, turning trainings digital is important in itself. However, the renewal of trainings under COVID-19 conditions makes turning them virtual urgent!
Generally, transfer of factual knowledge (facts, methods, models …) can be edited and standardized in digital media. Thus, it’d be detached from possibly shaky trainer skills. In addition, the concurrent presence of learners could be given up. Thankfully, given COVID-19. Consequently, may everyone learn when and where it fits. Still, for discussion more is required. So as to understand, put into perspective, analyse, integrate, evaluate, apply and relate to one’s own conditions*. Specifically, direct interaction of several learners. Meanwhile, this cannot mean staying together in the same room at the same time, though: COVID-19! But you can now very well meet in social media such as MS Teams, Zoom, Circuit …
* Also look at Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Cognitive Domain.
Finally, a digital solution beckons here: the virtual meeting! Meanwhile, MS Teams, Zoom, Circuit are pretty common as tools to use here. For instance, a group coaching session is feasible through virtual means. Nevertheless, leading such events requires special digital skills! Likewise, these should be taught virtually…
In fact, we discern between three aspects of digitization. Thus we are already working hard to develop and implement!
Of course, everything is available on the Internet at the level of factual knowledge! Thus, the first step is to develop search skills by learners. For instance: How do you get from an initial interest to helpful search terms, at last? We are in fact happy to offer approaches in the meantime. And the ability to reflect critically on the findings after that!
Lastly, for this relatively simple teaching or knowledge transfer, we are also evidently ready to use well prepared media already on offer.
Meanwhile, the tools for going digital are available and all well known. For instance, lectures are feasible virtually, as webinars. In fact, a conceptboard replaces the real whiteboard and flip chart very well. Likewise, speeches can be recorded. Lastly, in webinars such lectures can be enriched even more through different, easily accessible, interesting media. Consequently, we have (long before COVID-19 days) added narration to slideshows, easily and simply in Power Point.
In the same way, short videos, such as TED lectures via youtube, can even better be integrated than in face-to-face training. Then again, participants are already seated in front of their computer, which is already running, attentive.
- Some group work setups and exercises can be digitized, as much as these do not require physical contact or presence. In addition, new ones may also be made possible.
- Furthermore, problem solving and creative methods, group counsels up to procedures typical for psycho drama or systemic approach can also be tought virtually.
- Of course, we no longer print out the trainers’ handbooks on paper!