Remote learning is a big deal among trainers and trainees, and not only – it’s a significant challenge as well. Although learning platforms are continuously upgraded and have new features added to them, there are still some communication barriers that can become a struggle eventually. Not only do you have to take a guess when exactly to speak, but no one can see or even recognize your body language. Also, some learners might have different access to technology than others which also leaves some gaps to fill in terms of communication. In this article, we will discuss some approaches you could consider improving your learner’s experience with synchronous learning.
Although virtual classes feel a tad different than face-to-face learning, some etiquette still applies. Begin the session by welcoming your learners, presenting them with a summary of what they’ll be learning, giving out clear objectives, and providing them with enough opportunities for participation.
As remote learning has become more of a necessity rather than an option for learning, the content format has been explored to find new ways to deliver information. Monotonous lectures that appear to be one-sided are too passive and can lead to disengagement. Try to build up the interactions during the class – initiate Q&A sessions, spark debates, and group discussions.
Remote learning can feel a bit on the “colder” side – there are no real interactions or chances to connect to others. So, it’s only normal for people to feel slightly distant from others in their class. Remembering the names and faces of people in your class helps for a more personal feel of the experience.
- Be transparent
Knowing beforehand what to expect from their learning sessions keeps your trainees at ease. Be mindful enough to set a clear schedule that will suit your learner’s needs (assignments, reviews, and exams) and be open to small adjustments that will help for a smooth ride.
Try to make your recorded classes available for future use for your learners. Whether it was because of technical issues, or they just want to review the material, having the chance to come back to the lesson and re-watch is beneficial for better class results.
You should always look for ways to adapt to the current digital learning situation. Although sometimes you may feel a lack of connection with your learners, put your imagination to work and find new alternatives to information delivery.