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How to turn your f2f training digital - 4 steps

By Eero Nukari on Mar 16, 2020 3:58:07 PM

Nearly every company is experiencing an exceptional situation in which the digitalisation of processes and projects has become an urgent challenge. Many teaching establishments and training courses are based on personal contact between teacher and pupil - how should you address the digital transformation?

Here are my experiences and my tips to those looking to digitalize training.

1. Do Not Copy the F2F Model Directly

F2F and digital are two different things, and therefore one should not digitalise a training directly in the form that is given. Digitalising an eight-hour training day in its entirety is not a good solution. In digital environments, meetings can be held at various points of time. It is a good idea to prepare the on-line lessons through assignments, materials and discussions. Introductions and groups can be managed in advance. This way, online meetings can be held more efficiently and interactively. After the meeting, the dialogue can simply continue on the digital platform.

So divide up your previous entire training day into smaller parts. Work toward common goals, either live or at various moments as needed.

2. Do Not Compromise with the Interaction

The strength of digital training is often considered to be the flexibility in time and space, as well as the means to be able quickly and effectively to distribute material to many people simultaneously. The power of digital interaction is often overlooked, even if the learning is not based on content and trainer control. An interactive learning platform makes it easy to share knowledge and to learn from one another.

Benefits of digital dialogue:

  • Everyone’s voices are heard, not just those of loud, socially gifted and authoritative individuals
  • Dialogues in large groups instead of pairs or smaller groups. Artificial intelligence can help in creating a common understanding
  • Participation at an individual pace, more time for reflection and explanations
  • Continual dialogue, opportunity to return to different topics

When you digitalize your F2F training, you should not put all your time on one-way communication or material-controlled e-learning. You can also act as a facilitator digitally, as a support in the learning process.

3. Facilitate, Participate and Evaluate Continually and Flexibly

Digital training requires facilitation at both the group and individual level. This is made even more flexible when human input is supported by automatic or event triggered messages. Facilitation and evaluation are there for everyone, whereupon the group takes responsibility for its own learning. So once you have begun a learning process, you should facilitate it actively, especially in the beginning. Quickly answer all questions. Ask your own open but delimiting questions that stimulate dialogue.

4. Keep It Simple

Designing and creating digital training courses can be challenging, just like in a traditional classroom. However, try to avoid the most common pitfalls by keeping things simple and by not disturbing the learning process. Do not mess around with the technical aspects, even if it seems tempting.  I have tried. The digital maturity of the learners varies, especially among those with previous experience with F2F. The digital applications must be clear and easy to use. Each digital teacher’s foremost tool is the platform where teaching is facilitated. As a supplement to the platform, it is common that an on-line meeting application is also needed. There is seldom any need for more applications; learning improves and becomes more optimal with a fewer number of applications.

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