Prior to the pandemic, when someone referred to “hybrid training”, it meant one of two things:
1. A training session in which a portion of the learner group would be participating live-online (aka Zoom or the like), while another portion would be in a boardroom(s) somewhere—most likely sitting with a few other colleagues, but linked into the online connection. In most cases, the instructor was also in one of these in-person group locations. OR
2. A training program that included a self-directed online component (often a pre-requisite course that had to be completed), followed by an in-person component delivered in a boardroom or classroom somewhere. The instructor and learners would be together for the in-person component.
But the other day, I was talking with a client of mine and inadvertently redefined “hybrid training.” I found myself suggesting that we could “do a hybrid approach and have the learners complete a self-directed course and then meet up with them for a live-online class using Zoom.” BOOM!
Just like that, I had developed a new definition of hybrid training programs.
And just like that, without missing a beat, the client accepted the suggestion as part of a “new normal.” We’ve heard THAT term used a lot over the past months. “Will we get to a new normal? What will it be like?” And now, at least in the training industry, we know.The new normal for training includes online learning. Period. Click To Tweet
Not only is it still risky (and in some regions, illegal) to bring together groups of persons for training, but we have already discovered that online training is way more efficient, has cost benefits, AND—most importantly—it makes learning more accessible to more persons—regardless of their geography. And being able to consume your learning locally or even at home is good for families too. No more juggling flights with child care.
I’ve said it hundreds of times: eLearning provides for a spectrum of digital choices…everything from the live-online presentation, self-directed courses, micro-learning on mobile devices, and even fully immersible VR technologies. And while it may be a bit daunting if you are just shifting to eLearning as part of your employee training program, it doesn’t have to be scary. I’m here to help. Let’s start with a virtual coffee date...your Zoom or mine?
LearnFest Caribbean 2020 (LFC2020)
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