In this pandemic context, several organizations are considering migrating their traditional training programs to digital and asynchronous formats.
Before embarking on the adventure, several elements must be considered, at a minimum:
- The educational objective
- Content and content experts
- The learning path
- The platform
Indeed, many believe, wrongly, that the migration of training to the Internet simply means the conversion of content in a digital format.
An in-depth assessment
On the contrary, you must take the time to think about the educational objective: is it just as realistic in an asynchronous virtual classroom? Will this format impact the learner’s ability to achieve the desired goal? For example, if your goal is to have a group of employees do a collaborative task, how do you do it online to achieve the same level of engagement and collaboration?
In addition, you need to assess whether your content experts know how to adapt content to digital. For example, do they know how to write for the web? The skills of designing and producing content are different, and we must take this into account.
Also, it is probably time to think about the learning path and see if it can combine different approaches, because we know that fatigue and demotivation are the main enemies of online learning.
Is your LMS platform up to the task?
Finally, the contribution of the platform to the success of the training should not be minimized. Will she be able to meet expectations in terms of her interactive abilities? How will it evolve over time?
In conclusion, one should not hastily conclude that online training is straightforward and that the transition to an asynchronous format will be smooth.
Take the time to wait for experts and educate yourself before you start, because you would not want to make this transformation, and it turns out to be a simple failure.
Sol Tanguay, Ph.D.