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How to Develop an Online Mindset

Posted by Steve Flanagan on 4/10/14 4:00 AM
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I’ve seen a lot of changes in the training industry over the last 20 years, from the days of the overhead projector and acetate slides to smart boards, iPads, and e-learning. We were just starting to get our heads around rapid e-learning and along comes social media for trainers.


The biggest challenge I have faced in my training career is to accept, and even embrace, the new technologies and their role in training. I’ve worked hard to develop an online mindset by realizing this new technology is not going away.


Regardless of your role in training, the impact of technology is, and will continue to be, huge!


Training managers are encouraged to convert traditional instructor-led courses to the web. They need to hire instructors and instructional designers with the skill set to design and deliver e-learning and virtual classroom sessions. They also need to partner and speak the language of IT professionals on these projects.


Performance consultants are told by clients that, by default, the training solution is an e-learning one. Consultants are being asked to provide suggestions to deliver the content quickly using the technology that is available.


Instructional designers must develop a skill set to use rapid e-learning tools and incorporate various types of media. They are required to design training that meets the needs of a young workforce where technology is a major part of work and personal life.


Classroom instructors need to develop a set of instructional techniques that will allow them to be successful in a virtual classroom environment. Live, synchronous training really challenges the classroom management skills of instructors. Even simple Q & A, giving feedback, and managing a difficult participant require a new set of skills.


As for me, the world of blogging, Twitter, and LinkedIn is a relatively new one and has brought about an adjustment in how I perform my current role and manage my workday.


When not instructing in the classroom, I am conditioning myself to delve into social media as part of my regular work day. Blogging and participating in online discussions are activities I need to do to stay tuned into the training world. I will continue to work at it so it becomes second nature because I don’t want to get left behind.


How about you? What are you doing to stay current?

Tips for Success in the Virtual Classroom

Steve has been a course leader with Langevin since 2000. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and dreamed of being a pro soccer player. Steve translated his love of soccer and physical performance to the corporate sector and became a trainer. He’s had the pleasure of training within the government, large corporations, and as an independent consultant. Outside of training, Steve’s two biggest passions are his family and guitars, which he collects and plays!

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