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How to Deliver Training Online

As a trainer employed by a company, I have delivered courses in-house at training centres, and also as a freelancer I have delivered training courses at the client’s venue or some other suitable location, eg hotel conference room, where training could take place.  I have even driven to locations with 6 or 8 PCs in my vehicle and then proceeded to set them up and load course exercises prior to the commencement of the course.  Days like those are now few and far between.

Delivering a course online is certainly different from a more traditional face to face course and we do not advocate that every type of course is re-designed to be delivered online, for some it just does not work.  However, our course – How to Deliver Training Online – gives you a heads up on what to consider to make your course effective, to prepare, deliver and evaluate an online session and experiment with some of the online tools available to promote interactivity, engagement and learning.

The technology available today is so different from those days mentioned above.  Not only do we have smaller, neater desktop machines and screens, but laptops are much more common and portable these days.  How many people do you know that do not have either a mobile phone, tablet, laptop or desktop machine?  How many people do you see on mobile phones texting to friends and family?  There are even accident statistics available for people walking and concentrating on mobile phone activity rather than looking where they are going![1]  There are now several computer literate and social media aware generations out there that can take advantage of a training course online but which still needs the attention and the proper preparation.  Though the technology is advancing fast, we as trainers still need to develop an online course using that technology to work for us, just as we have to for any training delivery method.  In our course we look at the reasons for choosing the method of online delivery; we discuss the advantages, the disadvantages, hints and tips, things to watch out for, things to avoid, activities to engage your participants to promote learning and to promote retention.

In only a half-day, our course covers the key points to consider when moving your training to an online environment.  We demonstrate and get you to use the features in just one of the many online training course software applications so that you can familiarise yourself with essential techniques prior to embarking on running a course of your own. We give you guidance as we explore these features together which you can adopt and use immediately.

The benefits and pitfalls, both for the participant and the trainer, are discussed in detail with hints and tips on how to create an online course which is meaningful, enjoyable and importantly which meets learning objectives.

We have also written the following blogs relating to this subject that may interest you:

[1] A sharp rise in US pedestrian deaths has been partly blamed on people using their smartphones while driving or crossing the road.  The US Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that there were nearly 6,000 pedestrian deaths in 2017, the highest number in more than 20 years and in the last 6 years, fatalities have grown at 4 times the rate of overall traffic deaths.

Engineers mounted 3 cameras at a road intersection in British Colombia and captured the movements of 357 pedestrians over a 2-day period.  “We found that more than a third of pedestrians were distracted by their cellphones, texting and reading or talking and,”

Researchers have found that, over a decade’s time, texting and walking has caused more than 11,100 injuries. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian deaths numbered 5,376—and were the only group of road users whose fatality numbers increased.  Honolulu has introduced fines for pedestrians who use their mobile phone whilst crossing the roads.


If you want to know more about our course, please contact me

Ruth Hatfield


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