No matter what sort of training you’re involved in, training remote workers requires a particular kind of preparation and execution. The dynamics of teaching and learning change when instructor and pupil aren’t in the same room, and with the rise of e-learning, it’s only happening more. If trainees are spread out in different locations, things get even more complicated. So here are some guidelines for trainers looking to optimize the training of remote workers.
Just because your trainees are far afield doesn’t remove the value of getting to know them — it just makes it more challenging. But it’s a challenge that can be overcome.
Trainees expect the trainer to know what they’re talking about, and that includes knowing how to use the technology used to present the training.
The standards of organization and behavior for delivering PowerPoint presentations applies to remote trainings, so familiarize yourself with some of the presentation sins to avoid. Beyond that, here are a few simple guidelines:
Among the volume of literature on what constitutes effective teaching and training, a few techniques are particularly important when dealing with trainees who aren’t in the same room:
Remote training promises to add flexibility to training programs while reducing costs, but doing it effectively requires adopting some new techniques. With a little practice, remote training may become as comfortable as having everyone in the room.
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