The design of virtual training courses is difficult - and opens up opportunities!

Präsentation an Gruppe Beamer

Classroom training as a setup is concurrently coming under increasing pressure due to costs and hope of different learning methodology, based on digital media. Yet, the adaptation of training under Corona conditions simultaneously makes the virtualization of the training process, which is important in itself, urgent!

Criticism and hope: Modular knowledge transfer

At least transfer of factual knowledge (facts, procedures, models …) can be edited and standardized in digital media. Thus, it’d be uncoupled from possibly fluctuating trainer competence. Eventually the contemporaneous presence of learners could be given up (thankfully, given Corona): may everyone learn when and where it fits. Still, for discussion – understanding, putting into perspective, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, application and relating to one’s own conditions * – more is required. Specifically, direct interaction of several participants. But right now this cannot mean staying together in the same room at the same time, hey: Corona! But you can very well meet simutaneously in communication media such as MS Teams, Zoom, Circuit …

* See also Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Cognitive Domain.

Training under Corona: From classroom training to digital learning

Finally, a digital solution beckons here: the virtual meeting! Namely MS Teams, Zoom, Circuit are available as tools to facilitate these. For instance, a group counselling session is feasible through virtual means. But be careful at the same time: the moderation of such events requires special digital competence! Which of course should be taught virtually …
At this time, we differentiate between three aspects of digitization. And we are thus already working on development and implementation!

Development of internet competencies

Undoubtadly, everything is available on the Internet at the level of factual knowledge! Thus, the first step is to develop search skills by learners. Like: 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 is at the same time part thereupon!
For this relatively simple teaching or knowledge transfer, we are also certainly ready to use well-prepared media already on offer.

Knowledge transfer: Digitally designed input

The tools for going digital are presently there and soon well known. For instance, lectures are feasible virtually, as webinars. In fact, a conceptboard replaces the real whiteboard and flip chart very well. Speeches can likewise be recorded. Unquestionaby, inn webinars such lectures can be enriched even more through different, easily accessible, interesting media. We have already (long before Corona days) added narration to slideshows, significantly and simply in Power Point.
For instance, short video sequences, typically via youtube, such as TED lectures, can even be better integrated than in face-to-face training. Then again, participants are already positioned in front of their computer, attentively, which is already running.

Digitizing training methods is difficult! Let's do it!

  • Some group work setups and exercises can be digitized, as much as these do not require physical contact or presence. New ones may also be made possible in addition.
  • Furthermore, problem-solving and creative methods, group consultations up to psychodrama-typical or systemic procedures can also be facilitated virtually.
  • Markedly, we no longer print out the trainers’ handbooks on paper!
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