How to transform face-to-face training into digital eLearning

Digital eLearning platforms offer practical resources to help businesses grow and provide professional development opportunities to employees.

Why digital eLearning?

There are many reasons why companies should choose to provide digital eLearning:

  • Learners can learn at their own pace.
  • It provides professional growth while they work.
  • It’s cost-effective.
  • The variety of courses available are second to none.
  • Digital eLearning is consistent across the entire workforce.
  • Learners are encouraged to give feedback which ensures tutors are constantly improving.

Training providers are turning their attention to eLearning by looking for ways to turn their face-to-face training into eLearning opportunities. So, how do you turn face-to-face training into digital learning?

Plan your eLearning course

It’s important to determine the issues and challenges your course will solve and what you wish learners to understand by the end. This will help you structure your training.

Once you clearly know the purpose of the course, think about the format you would like your course to be delivered in.

Considering the appropriate format your course should be delivered in, will help course attendees understand the material according to their learning style. Each person has a different learning style. There are several learning styles.

The most well-known are:

  • Visual: learning through reading and instruction.
  • Auditory: learning by listening or taking instruction.
  • Kinesthetic: learning by doing the instructed actions.
  • Verbal: learning by speaking or repeating information.

Test the knowledge of learners

A great way to test a learner’s knowledge from your course is to give a test or exercise at the end. Not only does it help to show you that they have understood what you’ve taught, but it also helps them to think about what they’ve learnt. Remember that you will have learners with different types of learning styles taking your course, so you’ll want to ensure that they understood what you were trying to teach them. The different learning styles mean that you will need to make your test cater to each learning type, and this will make your course more engaging.

Digital eLearning

Use authoring tools to make your digital eLearning course more accessible

For digital eLearning, accessibility is vital. It is one of the more essential parts of your course, so making sure that learners can access your training will be your top priority. If your face-to-face course is currently structured around a PowerPoint, then upload it into an authoring tool, such as Articulate Storyline or Rise. For beginners, we recommend Rise to start with.

Utilise video

Video streaming services are extremely popular when it comes to blended learning. Learners can absorb your courses in either ten minutes chunks or 30-minute video lessons. To provide extra information and add value for users, you can record yourself delivering the course (you don’t have to record a live session, just record yourself going through the PowerPoint on your laptop.) The recording can be edited with the relevant audio added to each slide.  We recommend video recording software such as Camtasia or Loom. In some cases, you can record and put your classes up on YouTube, before embedding them in your courses.

Buy a quality microphone

If you’ve decided to record your lessons, you will want to ensure that you get a good microphone. Quality sound means learners will have the best learning experience and technical issues won’t plague your video. You can easily find a microphone online, but don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for recommendations. High quality sound will help you bring your lessons to life.

Speak with a third-party digital eLearning course provider

If you want to ensure you have a top-quality online eLearning course for your students, you can get in touch with a specialist such as eLamb. We have produced hundreds of outstanding online courses for companies. Contacting a digital eLearning expert will set your online course apart from your competitors. Contact us today to see how we can help you.

Make your course responsive across devices

We currently live in a world where you can consume information in multiple ways. Mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and computers will be used to access your course, so remember to make your eLearning course with this in mind. Think about how your learners will consume your training, how much time will they be able to spare each time they visit?

Webinar or self-paced digital eLearning course?

An alternative way to self-paced online courses is to deliver your training course using webinars. Webinars are web seminars, workshops, and online presentations that learners attend in real time. If you’re looking for a platform that allows you to be more hands-on with learners, this could be a good option for you.

Use high quality Images

Photos can really bring your courses to life. Not only does it help learners visualise what you’re teaching them, it keeps attendees engaged. Fortunately, there are royalty-free photography sites where you can find pictures. We recommend Pixabay or Unsplash to liven up your course.

Use an awesome learning management system

A learning management system helps you organise the digital training you provide. It is software that is a framework to help you with all aspects of your course. It can help you to create, maintain, deliver, and track the content you use for your classes. Finding the right one for you can help you keep your presentations in order and allow you to share any ideas you have for potential classes in the future. Contact us for a personalised advice on which LMS system would suit your teaching style and budget.

Offer a way for learners to give feedback on your course

Most learners that decide to go through a professional development eLearning course will often want to reach out to their instructors to ask questions about the classes, discuss what they learned or give feedback. Giving them a way to get in touch with you could give you a way to learn more about what they liked and didn’t like about your classes. Once you know this, you can use this information to refine your course. Learners, as many customers and clients you will come across, are more than happy to give their feedback on any assessments that you may have.

Reach out to the eLearning community

The best thing about the internet is that almost everything is at your fingertips. This is true for eLearning if you have any questions or find yourself stuck on ideas on what to do for your course. Online communities can be a good source of information on how to turn your face-to-face classes into an online experience. They often have tips and tricks that can help you find the solution to any of your problems when it comes to eLearning. They can also give useful feedback to help you improve your courses.

Keep on top of the latest trends

Every day industries change and evolve. From different technologies to the release of new products. Many companies turn to eLearning courses to keep their staff on top of the latest movements in their sector. Keep an eye on any changing trends within the remit of your course subject area. This will ensure your course is accurate and reliable for your learners.

Keep a version of your original face-to-face course

Keeping a face-to-face copy of your course can help you create an online version of your course. It is also useful in case you ever need to deliver the face-to-face again. This could also help you keep an archive of your courses, as a swipe file for you to refer to later. A swipe file of previous lessons is a great way to keep your lessons organised.

 

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