Holding online training has become not only a trendy fashion but also an important tool for teaching clients and personnel, as well as for developing one’s brand. What is online training? How is it different from other methods of online education? What are the rules of successful online training? Our today’s article will answer these questions and some more.
What is Online Training?
If often happens that people mix online training with other forms of education: seminars, workshops, classes, and sometimes the training participants can even get to an ordinary lecture.
Online training is a kind of education that helps you get new knowledge and skills online, though it is important that all participants are totally involved in the training process. Each participant becomes a part of the group and they all need to solve some certain task, which they could encounter in their real lives.
Here, nobody offers a magic pill or a set of ready-to-use solutions and rules, as to become successful everyone will have to work.
Who is a Coach?
Coach or trainer is always a specialist that can prove one’s professional development. In case of holding training, corresponding education and certificates are a must. A coach can work in one of the three directions: organization’s in-house trainer, training center associate, or freelance coach.
Important Qualities of Coaches
- Personality and image of the coach — participants get inspired not only by the program but the powerful personality of the trainer, which they tend to look like.
- Professionalism — how up to speed of the topic the coach is, what personal experience one has and what are the achievements of one’s clients.
- Ability to motivate — knowledge of motivation psychology, strong leadership and pedagogical qualities.
- Organized nature — one should be able not only to manage the group but also to take care of all organizational things, preparations and advertising.
Participants of Online Training
Conventionally, training can be divided into psychological and educational. Psychological or personality training help to improve communication skills, methods of perceiving oneself and event around, work on psychological problems of the participants. Educational online training is used in business in achieving corporate goals, increasing sales and the number of clients, or in education as one of the elements of e-learning and an effective means for the active practice of skills and knowledge obtained.
Online courses, corporate learning and distance learning programs at universities hold their online training at platforms for webinars and e-learning, due to which they decrease their expenditures and get new clients.
How is Training Held?
To hold an online training or an online seminar, presenter and participants need to enter an online room using their computers, tablet PCs or cell phones connected to the Internet. Each participant gets an invitation link from the training organizer. When clicked, it leads participants to the webinar room where the training will be held, and sometimes participants may be requested to enter their names and passwords.
Attendees see the video stream from the presenter’s webcam and the screen, on which the coach can demonstrate keynotes, video, schemes, as well as draw and use a pointer, the same as during ordinary offline training. Participants can communicate with the coach and speak to the whole group with the help of a microphone or text chat, and they can use their webcams, too.
Further work on the tasks on one’s own is another important part of online training.
Advantages of Online Training
Online training is continuously overcoming “live” education due to its efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Organizers do not need to take care of renting and decorating some premises, buying equipment, finding a coach in some certain city.
Companies can hold one training for its different branch offices, and the employees that were not able to attend it can watch its recording. Participants do not have to commute to the training venue and pay extra for participation. Online training is a perfect fit for those who feel ill at ease making a presentation or simply being in a group of unknown people or colleagues.
Rules of Successful Online Training
For online training to become exciting and bring the desired results, both the coach and the participants should work.
The coach should get ready for work in an online classroom: gather and upload quality and comprehensive materials for the training, check the equipment and set up the webinar room. For the presenter it important to learn the nuances of one’s webinar platform and the tools that will help retain the attention of the participants of online training. At such meetings, interactivity can be achieved with the help of text chat, tests and surveys, or inviting people to speak using their microphones.
In turn, participants should know that their results from participation in the training would be proportional to the efforts they make not only during the event but also after it.
Here, 4 rules can be mentioned:
- During the first three days, be sure to rehearse the information you got at the training for the new knowledge to be memorized for a long time.
- During 100 days, solve the tasks given by the coach and practice your new skills. Approximately this amount of time is required for the desired behaviour and skills to become a part of your life.
- Praise yourself for the task solved or work was done.
- Solve all tasks from the list and search for new information on the topic to keep interested in changes.
It is obvious that online training is an exciting and effective means of education. Yet, do remember that preparation to holding such classes should be done with proper care – you need to invite a professional coach, choose a reliable webinar platform and plan event promotion. Only then both participants and organizers will become satisfied with the results.