In these challenging times, it’s understandable that students in vocational education who are confined to their homes are becoming restless and need a strong online training experience to support them. It’s up to RTOs and their trainers to provide this - but we all know student management can be difficult.
Here are some easy ways to make sure you’re creating the best online training possible - both for trainers and your learners.
Every student in your class or course will have an opinion on how they want to learn. Surveys are a super easy and effective tool to find out key things your students are thinking - their expectations, concerns, ideas, and more. You can conduct a survey via sites such as SurveyMonkey, or even over email.
An extra tip for surveying - ask a few essential and open-ended questions, rather than a huge list of unnecessary questions. Multiple-choice questions are also effective as they are easy and quick to answer. This will mean your students won’t get fatigued and give sub-par answers towards the end of the survey.
Trainers can use the results of the survey to create realistic goals for themselves, the students, and the course - including assessment.
A scary but not surprising insight for trainers is that according to many academic studies, students’ attention spans during classes only last for about 10-15 minutes. This number most likely decreases even further for online learning, due to distractions such as social media.
To keep your students interested, try to implement interactive and collaborative sections within the training session, such as
Simply touch base with students via email about the class. Ask if they have any further questions about the content or if there is anything that could be improved, such as pacing and sound quality. If your students are used to face-to-face learning they may be missing the contact they used to have with their tutor. Being proactive and reaching out to them is a great way to start up conversations that would have normally happened organically after a class.
There are so many benefits to moving assessments online, like:
To deliver online assessments effectively, ensure all assessment criteria has been developed and established, then add your work to an assessment template. To learn more about what your RTO should be doing with assessment templates, check out this handy guide.
Poor sound quality can immediately irritate and repel students from wanting to listen to the trainer. Sound quality can make or break a presentation, even if the video quality is good.
Make sure to test your mic volume and quality, and practice saying the content so you are prepared for your audience’s ears.
Clear diction is equally as important, and simple vocal warmups from YouTube can help with further preparation.
A visually pleasing presentation is much more engaging than a plain and boring one. Use colour coding, videos, images, and different formats to present your content clearly and engagingly.
Finally, make sure you know the ins and outs of the online training software you’re using. There’s nothing more inconvenient and irritating than a screen-recording of a class being just a black screen for two hours.
With the current global pandemic, RTOs and trainers need to become experts at online training, and they need to do it as quickly as their students need them to. With these tips, training organisations, trainers and students alike will be able to move through the uncertainty together, and still create an engaging and meaningful training environment.
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