As we are venturing into this world of remote working for all, we still have the responsibility of training our employees. But how do we do it? We can’t host our ILT training courses in our high-end technology driven training rooms. It is time to think of our approach in an asynchronous and synchronous learning approach.
Asynchronous learning is self-paced and the schedule is flexible; the learner does the work when they have time perhaps within a set timeframe, such as a one-week period for an assigned learning module. They can go over material and videos as often as they like. It gives them the ability to speed on material that’s easy for them and slow down for material they might find more difficult. The learner can take knowledge checks and get feedback immediately. If they have a question, the learner can submit it formally and wait for a response; or using a tool such as Calendly, they can schedule a time to talk to a training partner.
Most aspects of a synchronous online class are different: Classes take place via videoconferencing software that allows the learner to see and hear others face-to-face, live and in real time. Rather than reading and watching videos alone, they are with others and often are interacting with each other as they comment on the material. Even though they may be in their “home offices” now, they are not alone — your learners are part of a newly created community of learners who provide different perspectives. They are interacting with a learning partner who can respond to nonverbal cues such as smiles and blank expressions and help to ensure the learner understand the material. They get feedback in real time; if the learner says something that’s not quite right, it’s likely that the learning partner will correct them. The class meets at specific times; the learner cannot reschedule at their convenience, and they cannot speed up or slow down the process. It is important to keep up with the class as it moves forward.Clearly, there are tradeoffs in these two teaching methods. The asynchronous approach provides great flexibility, whereas the synchronous approach may be more motivating and stimulating.
Check out the “Roadmap to Virtual Learning” below to see how the MLevel platform can be an integral part of both approaches.