Some organisations do not understand why they are using certain technologies and have simply taken to using online platforms to carry out ‘Virtual Classrooms’ because it seems to be the new norm.
‘Virtual Classrooms’ might not be the best option! Why? because there is a differece between learning and training.
As a training provider and educator, the goal is to create content that is informative and interesting so that there can be a lively discussion about every topic. In this regard, virtual classrooms are amazing.
However, the reality is that the client is paying to make sure that their staff are up to standard and updated on information.
Which brings us to why the client has chosen online training. The real reason why the client has chosen online training is very simple, cost. The reality is online training is cheaper than classroom-based training due to fewer overheads. But this is not the greatest cost-saving to an organisation.
The greater cost savings come in the form of manpower and work-planning. When you have to schedule staff into training, you have to pay them to come off shift and go into a training environment (even a virtual one in the case of virtual classrooms) and you have to account for and plan around the work that can not be carried out during the training period.
On average, the manpower and work-planning deficits associated with training are 3 times the cost of the training itself!
This deficit can not be mitigated through a virtual classroom. However, it can be mitigated through a ‘continuous training’ program, whereby the employee carries out ‘bite-size’ chunks of training, 5-10 minutes at a time, every week over a training period, through a dedicated online platform.
Not only does this help from an economical perspective, but it has proven to increase information retention which in turn helps to increase productivity. For example, instead of an employee carrying out regulatory training once every 2 years to be updated on procedures and practices; they get to know all updates immediately and better yet…they have constant access to training materials for reference and guidance.
It all boils down to what you are trying to achieve; If you want interactive learning with a space for discussion, then virtual classrooms are the best option. Specific type-course training is a great example of where virtual classrooms should be used.
If you want to keep personnel up-to-date, constantly engaged through production and increase information retention of staff whilst decreasing economic deficits, then a ‘Continuous Training’ program is the better option.
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