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Once again time to “reboot”. Time to train the team on necessary changes in the organization’s goals and processes.

Online training is an effective and cost-effective method of involving staff and take the right decisions, which has a number of advantages:

 

  • no travel costs and related expenses for the organization of the training
  • optimal planning, much less time is required for training organization
  • ability for parallel connection of a large number of participants without losing the results
  • ability to share and see live examples online as participants can easily go live
  • easy processing of test / exam results
  • comfort, you can organize webinars in your “favorite” place at home, in the country, in a cafe, etc.

 

What needs to be done to make distance learning as effective as possible?

 

First, we must eliminate distractions. Sometimes it is difficult to fully immerse participants in the training topic, as they are forced to respond to questions and tasks from their colleagues/managers and family members while at work or at home.

 

Second, you should not include a really large number of participants. With a large audience, it is impossible to devote sufficient time to everyone, it is impossible to build individual conversations and control presence, respectively, there is a risk of episodic disappearance of some listeners.

 

During the webinars the practical exercises used are different and for those who have their first experience of online learning, this may seem unusual.

 

The main risk is the failure of the Internet or/and communication platforms. To avoid these risks and be able to react quickly to system failures it is mandatory to test the system before training start. Surely, we provide technical support for prompt feedback.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now is again the time for business to “reboot”. Time to adjust the targets, to mobilize and train the team on necessary changes in the organization’s management and processes.

 

Online training is an effective and economically reasonable method of involving the staff and take the right decisions, which has a number of advantages:

 

  • no travel costs and related expenses for the organization of the training
  • optimal planning, much less time is required for training organization
  • ability for parallel connection of a large number of participants without losing the results. Participants can work in parallel.
  • Online web training allows to exchange the opinions using brainstorming. In face-to-face training everyone is often prevented from expressing their opinion by” activists ” who set the tone and main focus of the discussion in the first seconds after the question is raised. Good and important aspects can be lost, as such leaders try to convince everybody. As part of distance training, participants type their thoughts in the webinar chat, they do not have the opportunity to immediately get lost in other people’s ideas, since it is not possible to print and read the chat at the same time.
  • ability to see and share live examples online as participants can easily go live
  • easy processing of test / exam results
  • comfort, you can organize webinars in your “favorite” place at home, in the country in a cafe, etc.
  • comfort, you can organize webinars in your “favorite” place at home, in the country, in a cafe, etc.

 

What needs to be done to make distance learning as effective as possible?

 

First, we must eliminate distractions. Sometimes it is difficult to fully immerse participants in the training topic, as they are forced to respond to questions and tasks from their colleagues/managers and family members while at work or at home.

How to fix it? Turn off your mobiles, lock yourself in your office, keep your kids busy, and so on. We strongly do not recommend staying in the open space office to participate in online training.

Second, you should not include more participants (we mentioned this factor as an advantage above), despite the temptation. With a large audience, it is not possible to devote sufficient time to everyone, build individual conversations and conduct presence control. This approach is very similar to face-to-face training. If you gather a lot of people in a conference room and turn off the lights to demonstrate the projector presentations, you can always hear lively working discussions and snoring of individual participants in the pauses.

What to do? There are several possibilities:

  • if you need to train a large number of staff, plan online training for no more than 2 hours per day
  • if you need to practice with participants the application of the reviewed management practices (8D, A3 methods; quality management methods FMEA, SPC, MSA, APQP, PPAP; lean manufacturing; writing the working instructions; KPI system; risk management, and much more), then you should not plan more than 30 participants for such webinars.

During the webinar, other practical tasks are used, and for those who have their first experience of online learning, this may seem unusual, and the participants may feel themselves uninvolved.

How to prevent this?

  • In advance develop and inform all participants of online training about the system of interaction with the coach. Communicate in the chat about the rules, about the reaction symbols used. For example, in the first webinar that I conducted as a lecturer, I heard nothing but silence in response to my question. It was not clear: either the participant was distracted from training, or did not know the answer. Therefore, I have introduced a rule to put a minus sign if it is not clear.
  • Mandatory feedback control should be introduced every 10 to 15 minutes of training. In receiving such feedback, always use an individual approach: call for answers in the cities of presence (“What does the branch in Kaliningrad think?”), by division (“What is the main risk of the purchasing process?”) or even to call the participants by name.

 

The main risk is the failures of the Internet and communication platforms. To avoid these risks and be able to react quickly to system failures it is mandatory to test the system before training start as well as the presence of a technical support officer for prompt feedback.

Let’s share our experience to make online training as effective as possible. We all understand that this is a form of obtaining knowledge in the future?

Online trainings with Orexpro: orexconsulting@gmail.com

31.03.20

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