Whether by choice or not, transitioning to the virtual classroom has advantages. Many organizations looked to make the move prior, but for some the pandemic forced their hand, why? Knowledge retention is high when application immediately follows learning. In a classroom, learners have no choice but to wait until the course is over, sometimes days or weeks before practicing or applying the skills learned. An otherwise effective training program can be quickly undermined as that waiting time grows.
Classroom role-play is common practice, and although the intentions are good, generally the impact is low. Additionally, repetitive practice is impractical in the classroom, as is thoughtful one-on-one coaching from a mentor. Asynchronous video role-play in a safe place where learners can practice and receive coaching without concern develops stronger skills more quickly.
It’s time to denounce the stigma that a virtual training environment is inferior to that of a classroom. Transitioning from in-person to virtual comes with tremendous advantages ranging from reduced expenses, to increased efficiency and impact. Afterall, isn’t it an impact that we all look to impart?