Taking your training online: Challenges….
Do you train? If so, read below. Or, forward this blog to your manager or trainer in your office. With so much training occurring online now, it’s important that we gain the skills to provide effective training in an online format.
Why can’t we keep the audience’s attention like we do in the classroom?
The situation: We real estate instructors are good talkers. (as are most instructors in all fields). That’s one of the reasons we love to teach. We love to impart our knowledge. Most of our teaching has been done ‘live’. In a ‘live’ classroom, we can get away with talking (we call it ‘lecturing’) for the whole class–we think.
At least, we have a fighting chance at keeping our attendees’ attention, because we’re animated, funny, and compelling–and we tell great stories. The students love us, because we have asked them to have no accountability for their own learning. In addition, they love to be entertained! (Well, at least that’s true for some of us….)
Not many teaching methods are employed in the ‘live’ classroom. Most real estate instructors teach in only two ways: They lecture or they hold discussions. In other words, they talk to or with all the attendees all the time. There’s the basic problem.
Why don’t we use more teaching methods?
- We’re creatures of habit, and we have honed our skills in these two areas. We don’t want to give that up to try some new methods.
- We believe that talking to or with our attendees is the best way to teach. True, it’s the best way to impart lots of information fast. However, studies show that students will not retain much of the information!
- We just don’t know how to teach in any other ways.
- Sad truth: We may be too lazy or uninspired to expand our teaching methods.
The inadequacies really show up when we go online. In a few days, I’m doing a webinar on how to take your classroom online. In the pre-webinar survey, I asked attendees their biggest concerns. About 70% of the concerns were
how to hold the audience’s attention online.
No wonder. Because we’ve relied on instructor-focused training, we attempt to merely turn on the camera and talk as though our audience were with us in the classroom. We’ve found out that doesn’t work to keep an audience’s attention online.
Adjustments We Must Make to Be Effective Online
First, before we re-create that course online, we must look at our classroom version of our course. Ask yourself:
Does the course organized to teach to measurable objectives (what will the student be able to do at the end?)–or, is it just organized by subject?
If it isn’t organized to objectives, it will be very difficult to create meaningful attendee activities to get and keep their attention.
Is the class ‘choreographed’ with several teaching methods (we call these ‘alternative delivery methods’) that provide relief from lecture and discussion (like task force, case study, role play, and activity plan)?
If the class is taught only with lecture and discussion, the instructor will find it difficult to involve the online attendees in learning.
Does the class consist of fact-heavy information, delivered from the lectern? If so, how can we re-purpose all this information so it doesn’t overwhelm the online course?
In the online course, some of the information must be ‘pruned out’. What are some alternative methods of providing that information?
What accountability does the student have in the class for learning?
If no accountability, it’s more difficult to engage your audience.
Answering these questions will show us the adjustments that must be made in the class prior to creating the online version.
Want more information on instructor methods and course creation? See my online course Train the Trainer, which is accredited for 15 clock hours of Washington state continuing education credit. It fulfills the qualifications to teach clock hour courses in Washington state.
More on Creating that Online Version of your Course and Involving your Attendees
In my next blog, we’ll investigate the easiest ways to involve your audience online. This is especially helpful to those who rely on lecture and discussion.
If you’re facing challenges of translating your ‘live’ classroom to online, join us for Masterclass: How to Go from Classroom to Online.
When: June 11 (Thursday)
Time: 10-11 am PDT
Click here to register.
You’ll learn how to create a great course structure, how to hold your audience’s attention, how to add variety to your course, and tips to present your classroom course for a successful online event.
This webinar is created especially for those trainers presenting to real estate professionals–and valuable for anyone who wants to ‘translate’ their classroom course to a professional online experience. I’ve added a worksheet for you so you can instantly ‘translate’ the webinar information to your own online course.
As a three-decade trainer of real estate trainers, I’ve learned the special presentation methods needed to keep and hold real estate professionals’ attention. I’ll show you how to include these in your online course structure.
Bonus for attending: A 2-page checklist to use to take your classroom course online with verve.)
Click here to register. (By the way, when you register, you’ll get a survey to let me know what you want me to address, so the webinar will be most valuable to you.)