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Turning Your In-person Training Into e-Learning Doesn't Have To Be Scary - 6 Easy Steps

Aaron Lewis | May 27, 2020

Your in-person training course that used to take place every Friday can’t happen now. All of a sudden, you have to somehow train people online. Where do you start? 

In the midst of the global pandemic, folks who work in L&D (Learning and Development) are finding themselves in a position of revolutionary change. It’s become crucial to adapt in-person and classroom training into video e-learning and online learning experiences. 

It may seem daunting, which is why we want to help you grab the opportunity with a few tips to get started, and once you do, there are lots of great tools to get excited about. 

Just A Change in Venue

The good news is that a lot of what you’re already doing with in-person training is going to translate well to online video learning. The most important aspects of in-person learning such as your expertise and teaching style, the course material and the connection you make with your learners will still shine on video. 

It’s just a change of venue. Think of it that way and you’re going to be fine. 

Your Bucket List

When you’re faced with a massive problem that seems like too much, you can start by breaking it into buckets that narrow down the enormity, then collapsing the solutions to a few key decisions rather than a million decisions all at once. 

The way we see it, you can break down your challenge of transforming in-person learning to video e-learning into three buckets: 

  • Technical questions to solve
  • Presenter/Instructor questions to solve
  • Learning questions to solve

6 Easy Steps For Translating In-Person Learning to e-Learning

These six steps will help you find great solutions for your three-point bucket list plus simple tricks if you decide you want to create e-learning videos. 

1-Realize user-friendly tools are available. Given the size of your learning audience, start with what you need to execute your video and pick the tools that work best to do it. 

You can find loads of “best-of” lists for e-learning authoring tools that include Adobe Captivate, Elucidat, Articulate 360 and others. Plus, you have loads of options when it comes to platforms for remote meetings, such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, FaceTime and more – some are even embeddable in your LMS (learning management system). With these decisions, choose the tool that you’re most comfortable with. 

2-Pair down the content of your course to the essentials. Length is important when it comes to learning online, so make every moment count with the best of what your course offers.

3-Think of the camera as one person you’re teaching. Don’t worry about the many who are watching – you’re not thinking about that when you’re teaching in-person, are you? Probably not.

4-Learn technique from a few really good instructors. As an instructor on video, the best thing you can bring is your natural passion, energy and excitement about the material, which can really translate to the screen. You want to present your course as authentically and accurately and engagingly as possible. To engage an online audience fully, though, you also want to nail how to accentuate your facial expressions, voice and movements and still be yourself. 

So many good role models for e-learning presenters are out there. Find a few you like, study their presentation and use them as your role models. Here are a few we like: 

Chimamamanda Ngozi Adichie - Learn from a pro storyteller!  

Martin Scorsese teaching filmmaking - So natural and easy to listen to. 

Sarah Kay - The passion! Just awesome  

5-Trust yourself and be you. It’s the thing most people freeze up about when the camera turns on. People think they have to turn into someone else in front of the camera. You don’t. 

In reality, young learners have made it easier for online instructors. They grew up with YouTube. They’re used to talking heads and informal-looking video. They also prefer to learn using video as a platform. So, you don’t have to be perfect in front of a camera. You just have to be you and the audience will accept that. In fact, today’s audiences are much more ready to accept that than they were 10 years ago.

6-Do a dress rehearsal. Never underestimate the power of the test run. The number one way to avoid mistakes when you’re live with your e-learning is to try it first – and invite someone you trust as your audience for truthful feedback.

Bonus Step! Ask us a question. We’ll answer as many as we can and we’ll make sure to get back to you with the top five concerns. 

Create e-Learning Videos

Do you want to create e-learning videos? Do you need an immersive video or a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) experience for your online learning class?

VIEW THE CASE STUDY 

At ModernEpic, our specialty is to leverage the power of great storytelling to produce innovative video, interactive and immersive content that energizes ideas and engages any learner, no matter where they’re learning. 

When you’re ready, contact us. Complete this form and we'll be in touch to schedule a one-hour phone session to learn more about your project.

 

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