We recommend an innovative way of conducting the development process in the form of dividing a classic training day into two parts carried out on separate days and separated by a group or individual exercise. Such a schedule makes it possible for the solutions to the issues developed on the first day of the training to be put to practice by the participants outside the classroom, and the results of these activities to be discussed at the concluding meeting with the trainer. All of this requires the same amount of time as a classic training day.
As in the case of workshops conducted in the training room, also online training should be based on Kolb’s cycle and learning through experience. Individual and group exercises, case studies, role-playing, drawing on the experience of other participants – these are the key elements of effective support in developing new skills. Everything is fully possible to implement also in the formula of online training.
Choosing the right tool for workshop work is crucial for achieving maximum results. We particularly recommend the Zoom application, which allows for, among other things: moderation of the discussion by the trainer and collection of developed conclusions, sharing the preview of one’s screen, and the key to the active, workshop form of work – division of participants into rooms, allowing for work in subgroups. We also often use Microsoft Office 365 services to enable live group work, for example on a shared Word document.
The first individual exercise should be offered to the participants before the online meeting itself, so that they can familiarize themselves with the topic and reach their first reflections. Between the consecutive days of training, consolidation of new skills can be supported by commitments and individual plans for competence development. As part of the final development activities, it is also useful to give participants the opportunity to take advantage of individual coaching, mentoring or counselling sessions.
An invitation to an online training should be supplemented with instructional material allowing the participants to get familiar with the application by means of which the training will be conducted. Thanks to the initial introduction and practical familiarization with its most important functionalities before the training begins, possible technical problems will not take up valuable time of other people participating in the training.