Converting Training for Online Learning

 

What is this learning path about?

The "Converting Training for Online Learning" learning path offers guidance for those faced with the task of converting classroom training to a virtual setting. It explores the options and considerations when moving classroom-based training to the online environment and provides guidance, tools, and tips for making the switch.

 

Who is the target audience?

The target audience includes instructional designers, trainers, training project managers, and anyone else who needs to move classroom-based training online.

 

In what sequence should courses be taken within this learning path?

This learning path includes three webinars to be conducted on demand by GLC master trainers:

and four self-paced learning experiences; and while we don’t require the self-paced learning experiences to be taken in any particular order, we recommend the following progression:

Webinar: Engaging Participants Online

 

What is it about?

This webinar focuses on how to create and deliver interactive and engaging online sessions for small or large audiences.

 

What topics will be covered?

The webinar answers four of the most common questions that facilitators who are new to the online environment often ask:

  • How do I adapt in-person materials for online?
  • How can I get people to engage more?
  • How can I hold participants’ attention?
  • How can I look more professional when presenting?

It offers practical tips and guidelines specific to the online environment. 

 

Who should take it?

The webinar is especially valuable to those who are about to facilitate training sessions online for the first time, but the same tips and skills are equally valid for other types of web-meetings, such as presentations or even team meetings.

 

What are the prerequisites for attending the webinar?

None, but we recommend that participants be familiar with Foundations of Learning.

 

How is it offered?

This webinar is available on demand. Please contact the GLC team or IFC certified master trainers to request a webinar.

Webinar: Advanced Online Facilitation Skills

 

What is it about?

This webinar takes online facilitation to the next level by showing how to use some of the more advanced web-conferencing features like polling, break-out rooms, and whiteboards  to enhance interactivity, engagement, and learning.  

 

Who should take it?

  • Instructional designers
  • Training managers
  • Trainers
  • Anyone else who needs to move classroom-based training online


What are the prerequisites for taking this course?

There are no formal prerequisites, but a good understanding of the Foundations of Learning is recommended, as it is for all GLC courses. 

It is also a good idea to have taken the Engaging Participants Online webinar.

 

How is it offered?

This webinar is offered on demand. Please sign up below to be invited to the next session.

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Course: Considerations for Moving the Classroom Online

 

What is it about?

This self-paced course offers options and considerations to help you convert your current classroom-based training to a virtual setting with options for self-study, live online sessions, and blended learning.  The virtual setting can provide a rich, educational experience for your learners; and this course helps you consider the best option for your situation.

The course is based on expertise of IFC’s instructional design specialists and industry best practices in moving classroom-based training to the virtual environment.  It answers the following questions about converting to virtual training:

  • Why should you convert?
  • What are your options?
  • What else should you consider?
  • What logistics are needed?
     

What topics are covered in the course?

  • Module 1. Let's begin. Introduction to the topic (2 mins)
  • Module 2. Why should you convert? Learn the reasons, advantages, and disadvantages for converting classroom-based training to the virtual environment (7 mins)
  • Module 3. What are your options? Compare and contrast the different online learning options (live online learning, self-study online learning, and blended learning) (10 mins)
  • Module 4. What else should you consider? Discover questions to ask before converting courses and additional considerations for managing the process (7 mins)
  • Module 5. What logistics are needed? Explore logistical considerations your organization needs to address when moving a course online, including learning managements systems and developing a business case (7 mins)
  • Module 6. Knowledge check. Apply what you have learned (7 mins)
  • Module 7. Let's review. Summarizes the key points and provides action steps the learner can take to implement learning (2 mins)

 

Who should take it?

  • Instructional designers
  • Training managers
  • Trainers
  • Anyone else who needs to move classroom-based training online


What are the prerequisites for taking this course?

There are no formal prerequisites, but a good understanding of the Foundations of Learning is recommended, as it is for all GLC courses.

 

How is it offered?

This is a self-paced, online learning experience. It is hosted on the WBG Open Learning Campus (OLC) platform. Please follow these instructions to register for the course.

 

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We're also inviting you to watch the webinar "Considerations for Moving the Classroom Online" conducted by Mandy Grant, IFC certified master trainer.

Course: From Live in the Classroom to Live Online

 

What is it about?

Physical distancing requirements, tighter budgets, wider audiences, and improved technology are increasing the demand for online learning, primarily through webinars.  However, what works in the face-to-face classroom does not necessarily work as well in the virtual classroom. Knowing the best practices for converting courses builds your skill set, makes your programs more effective, and can increase demand for your services and courses.   This learning path offers guidance for those faced with the task of converting classroom training to a virtual setting. It explores the options and considerations when moving classroom-based training to the online environment and provides guidance, tools, and tips for making the switch.

Discover how you can convey information more effectively, keep your audience’s attention, and make live online learning and webinars more fun and interesting for your participants.

The course answers the following questions:

  • What is different about training online?
  • What should we include in the course?
  • What are different activity options we can use?
  • What methodology should we use to convert the training?

 

Objectives

  • Describe the important differences between live online and face-to-face learning.
  • List some options for making online learning activities interactive and engaging.
  • Use an analysis tool to help convert classroom training plans to online training plans.

 

What is the structure of the course?

  • Introduction. This module describes what is contained in this learning experience (2 mins)
  • Content. This module provides tips on how to reconfigure content from the classroom-based training structure to the live online structure (5 mins)
  • Learning Principles. This module examines the differences between the physical and virtual classrooms and provides tips and examples on how to surmount those differences (6 mins)
  • Activities. This module explains the different options for online activities that promote discussion, collaboration, or feedback and gives new ideas and tips for each of them (20 mins)
  • Plan. This module provides a simple methodology to use to plan and convert the classroom training into online learning (10 mins)
  • Conclusion. This module checks to see what you learned, summarizes the main points, and provides suggested next steps (8 mins)

 

Who should take it?

  • Instructional designers
  • Training managers
  • Trainers
  • Anyone else who needs to move classroom-based training online


What are the prerequisites for taking this course?

There are no formal prerequisites, but a good understanding of the Foundations of Learning is recommended, as it is for all GLC courses.

 

How is it offered?

This is a self-paced, online learning experience. It is hosted on the WBG Open Learning Campus (OLC) platform. Please follow these instructions to register for the course.

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Course: Creating the 24/7 Classroom

 

What is it about?

This self-paced course explores the options for online self-study learning (also known as “asynchronous”) and provides tips for increasing engagement and effectiveness.

It answers the following questions:

  • What are the different forms of asynchronous learning available to me?
  • How do I decide which to choose?
  • What do I need to do when developing asynchronous training?
  • What else should I consider when developing asynchronous training?

 

How is the course structured?

I. Introduction. Provides an overview of this learning experience (5 minutes)

II. What are my options? Describes and gives examples of the different types of self-study (asynchronous) training delivery methods. (15 minutes)

III. How do I decide which to choose? Lists factors to help you prioritize your clients’ needs and identify the most appropriate method for their situations. (10 minutes)

IV. What do I need to do during the training lifecycle? Provides tips for what to do at each stage of the training lifecycle when creating or converting courses into asynchronous online training. (10 minutes)

V. What else should I consider when developing asynchronous training? Suggests ideas for making asynchronous training effective and engaging. (5 minutes)

VI. Conclusion. Checks what you learned, summarizes the main points, and suggests next steps. (5 minutes)

 

Who should take it?

  • Instructional designers
  • Training managers


What are the prerequisites for taking this course?

There are no formal prerequisites, but a good understanding of the Foundations of Learning is recommended, as it is for all GLC courses.

 

How long does it take to complete the course?

About 50 minutes.

 

How is it offered?

This is a self-paced, online learning experience. It is hosted on the WBG Open Learning Campus (OLC) platform. Please follow instructions to register for the course.

 

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Course: MIXing It Up: Blending Learning Options for the Online Classroom

 

What is it about?

As an instructional designer of a blended virtual course, you are the chef of your course, mastering the options, inventing the recipe, and executing the mix.  Are you ready to blend a tasty treat for your target audience?  

This self-paced course walks you through blending your mix of virtual learning options to create a rich, interactive course that helps the participants to learn and apply the topic with the flexibility for self-study and the human connection of live online learning. 

Learn to convert your classroom-based course by MIXing It Up:

  • M: Master the Options
  • I: Invent the Recipe
  • X: eXecute the Mix

 

Who should take it?

  • Instructional designers
  • Training managers
  • Trainers
  • Anyone else who needs to move classroom-based training online


What are the course objectives?

  • Understand the Mixing options for blending virtual learning.
  • List some considerations for Inventing the right mix for the need.
  • Follow tips for eXecuting the mix by setting up the facilitator and participants for success.

 

How is the course structured?

  • Let’s begin. Introduction to the topic (2 minutes)
  • M: Master the options. Review examples of the virtual learning options and begin to see how they can be blended together and the advantages of blended learning (8 minutes)
  • I:  Invent the recipe. Discover what to consider when inventing the best blend of virtual learning options (10 minutes)
  • X: eXecute the mix. Gather tips on how to create you course to support the success of the trainer and the participant (10 minutes)
  • Knowledge check. Apply what you have learned (7 minutes)
  • Let’s review . Summarizes the key points and provides action steps the learner can take to implement learning (3 minutes)

 

What are the prerequisites for taking this course?

There are no formal prerequisites, but a good understanding of the Foundations of Learning is recommended, as it is for all GLC courses.

 

How is it offered?

This is a self-paced, online learning experience. It is hosted on the WBG Open Learning Campus (OLC) platform. Please follow these instructions to register for the course.

 

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