The Benefits Of Live Online Learning

Effective e-learning is all about interactivity! Let’s face it, we have all been sat in a boring classroom where the tutor is talking at you, not with you, right? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller anyone? 

Ring any bells?? Live online learning allows learning to connect collaboratively through social learning, one of the major key differences between an online live learning session and a webinar is the active role of the learners in participating and interacting with the learning content, other learners and with the facilitator.  

I found that it is absolutely crucial to keep the delegate size to a maximum of 8, as this allows the facilitator to monitor the delegate’s participation.  This allows the practitioner to ensure that all of the learners taking part are meeting the intended learning objectives, and therefore make any necessary adjustments if there was an area that required more exploring.

One of the major benefits is its ability to reach delegates based remotely and global employees, and overcome any issues associated with venue availability and travel issues.  

Live online learning is often used to deliver inductions, as this demonstrates a blended learning approach to incorporate additional tools.  Webcams can create a more interactive approach; however, it is important to consider that not all learners would feel comfortable using the webcam tool and therefore it is important to consider the main purpose of using a webcam for the particular activity.

Live online learning provides virtual interaction through a conversational and personal connection between the learner and the trainer.  Online live learning sessions can also overcome any issues associated with location too. So it means you can have one person sit on Bondi Beach, and another sitting in a warm office in Anchorage trying to stay out of the snow!

It also supports learners with a reflective and theorist learner preference, as live online sessions can be recorded, thereby allowing learners to go back to the content.   It also supports ‘shy’ learners as learners can use the ‘chat’ functionality on the system as well as the live on mic tool to interact with other learners.

Develop design and confidence to deliver training in an online environment, as well as exploring ways to use body language through our voices in a virtual classroom.  It is imperative to learn new skills to feel comfortable and competent in designing and delivering online learning session.

For example, when designing online sessions- it is important to ensure that there is clarity, variety as well as interactivity for the activity.  One can enhance the interaction by incorporating a variety of tools such as polls, whiteboards, quizzes, chat, drawing, online break out rooms, games, quizzes and other activities to engage learners.

Similar to delivering face to face activities, it is important to have clear learning objectives in order to outline the purpose of the activity and what the learners should expect to receive as a result of taking part in the L&D intervention.  

Delivering an online learning activity differed from delivering a face to face activity, as it really allows the learners and the facilitator to be creative in their approach and incorporate and utilise the application tools available through the software.

Whilst, it can cause technological issues, face to face deliveries can also have similar issues, in particular, it required me to develop and enhance my skill set to refresh on Virtual live online classroom demands new skills in addition to the current skill set to enhance the overall learning experience for learners. 

The software application tools that allow the facilitator to engage the L&D activity, especially a really useful application to engage all types of learning styles , For example, we can still engage learners with an activist learning preference, through the interactive whiteboard. In addition, emoticons available through WebEx allow learners to provide ongoing live feedback through the session.

However, what really is important and the message we are sending here is interactivity! Think about the learners – how would you like to experience a class? Think about engaging them with technology and creating a positive atmosphere that is conducive to productivity and progress in learning.

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