133 - From Traditional to Virtual Classroom: Conversion Made Easy!

Monday, May 10, 2021
Virtual Classrooms

In today's world, organizations are scrambling to get their training content online and it's a mad dash to the virtual finish line! In order to avoid the trap of turning your existing instructor-led training (ILT) course into a lackluster webinar, you'll need a practical, user-friendly process to get you from Point A to Point B. You'll start by determining whether an ILT program is a suitable candidate for conversion. From there, you'll learn how to identify which ILT practice activities can/cannot be converted to the virtual classroom (VC), and the factors to consider when choosing the VC tools that enable strong engagement and interactivity. You'll walk away with an efficient and effective process. This approach will leave you enlightened and ready to convert! Bring your mobile device to maximize your session experience and resources.

This session is intended to provide the knowledge and skill required to convert instructor-led training (ILT) to the virtual classroom (VC). We'll show you how to determine the suitability for conversion using a comprehensive checklist to assess whether a VC strategy is the best choice for your existing content. You'll learn how to identify application exercises in the ILT content, determine if realistic practice is achievable in the VC, and how to set expectations with your clients/stakeholders when that realistic practice is not achievable. We'll explore how to choose engaging, interactive methods and tools for the VC. Next, we'll look at how the methods you chose will play out in a virtual environment and identify the tools and features available in your VC platform to discover if they have any limitations regarding functionality. In addition, we'll give you some proven methods that work in the VC and a "Method Conversion Worksheet" that allows you to track all the components of the methods you've selected, so you have a better understanding of what needs to change to make the ILT content work. This job aid also helps estimate the timing requirements for each method.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to determine the suitability for conversion
  • How to determine timing parameters
  • How to audit the ILT materials
  • How to choose engaging, interactive methods and tools

Technology discussed:

Common virtual classroom platforms (Adobe Connect, Zoom, WebEx, Go To Meeting), Poll Everywhere

Melissa Grey Satterfield, Director/Master Trainer - Langevin Learning Services

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