When Virtual Learning Is Better Than Face To Face
By Danuta McCall

Posted March 06, 2015

Is it possible that virtual learning can be more effective and not just a compromise when budgets get cut? When might virtual learning actually be advantageous? Here’s a list of potential winners – opportunities to accomplish more in a virtual setting than in the traditional classroom.

  • Go virtual to engage 500 people in a collaborative learning event, not just a roomful of 25.
  • Go virtual to involve people in multiple locations at the same time.
  • Go virtual to learn about cultural differences and similarities.
  • Go virtual to give participants time to collect information from their work places or work groups to bring into the training environment.
  • Go virtual to integrate learning with on the job experience over a period of time.
  • Go virtual to provide time to apply action research techniques, share experiences and jointly problem-solve.
  • Go virtual to have thousands of employees hearing the same message from the CEO at the same time, talk about it and provide feedback.
  • Go virtual to implement continuous learning events.
  • Go virtual to engage workers in periodic learning events and collaborative, team-building processes.
  • Go virtual to increase return on investment in training funds.
  • Go virtual to extend the reach and impact of face-to-face learning events in a blended solution.

When you look at it through this lens, transitioning from traditional learning methods to ones that work in the virtual world looks less like a necessary evil and more like an exciting opportunity.

We have just published a white paper entitled Designing Interactive Webinars to add to our webinar and article series on collaborative learning in the virtual workplace. In it we identify 8 design principles that trainers can use to transition classroom-based workshops into high impact distance learning experiences. As always we welcome your feedback.

Posted by Danuta McCall