Recommendations for when you are taking online training
1. How to optimize your learning experience through ‘virtual classroom training’ ?
- We offer a ‘virtual classroom training’ as if we were really present as a trainer in the training. We use presentations and we are really in a classroom setting with an interactive whiteboard and big screens for the trainer to really connect with the participants. We will organize interactive moments of ‘content sharing’ – webinar – discussion – debate – breakoutrooms – buddygroup exercises etc. The learning methods will bring variety and will invite to fully participate and be fully present.
- With the learning center ‘a new spring’ the availability of pre-reflection and homejoy will prepare your mindset for the learning module to come. The prereflection is really a preparation for the learning modules and we will ask for your opinion, your learning goals and learnings.
- When working on your assignments, try time-blocking, allowing yourself a certain amount of time for each task before moving on to the next one and setting a timer to keep you accountable.
- Check in periodically throughout the senior leadership journey time of 8 months, and look at how you’re spending your time. Ask yourself: How much time am I dedicating to course reading and assignments? Am I regularly underestimating the time it’s taking me to get things done, forcing me to cram the nights before the exams? A little self-reflection and adjustment can go a long way
2. So we invite you to be present in the ‘virtual classroom’ and treat the virtual classroom’’ course like a “real” course.
When it comes to online classes, you need to have the discipline to sit down and say, “I am going to work on this,” as well as the dedication to actually follow through. Though you can be flexible as to when you choose to complete your work in between the modules, you can’t put it off indefinitely.
One of the easiest ways to ensure follow through is to remember that you/your employer is investing in you to take this online course, just as you would for a traditional, in-person class. You must “show up” if you’re going to get real value out of your class. Treat your online classes the same way you would a face-to-face class—or, better yet, a job—and you’ll be off to the right start.
3. IMPROVE your participation in an online training – harvest from your training as if it were life training
- Your presence – intention – attention are crucial in any learning process.
- In an online training it is however even more important to focus on your learning process without distraction –
- clear your head, your agenda and focus to get the maximum out of your time and effort
- When you are really fully present in your online training, you can harvest equally of the training as if it was a life training.
The variation in the online training between ‘transfer of knowledge’ – ‘self-reflection’ – discussion – Q&A – videos – breakout rooms will make it possible to keep your attention focussed during the day.
- If the content of the training puts you in a self-blaming situation or in judgement, note your remarks somewhere and let them go for that moment (you can look at them later on, the importance is to keep your focus without getting lost in your negative brainscripts )
- Whatever distracts you, refocus on the interaction between trainer and participants, on the new information and attitude.
- Your unprejudiced listening will help you to have a positive learning mindset and to let go of the fear of allowing new insights. You will loose less time in your resilience if you keep your attention focussed, and reflect on your thoughts, doubts and questions afterwards.
- The intention of your learning process is to enhance positive change for yourself and for the common interest.
4. Improved Interaction in an online training or virtual classroom training :
Installing your learning environment in a way that you are fully available and have all materials around you, can help you in your ‘being fully present”
- Make sure your telephone is off
- Do not allow mails to interrupt your process
- Work with your ‘out of office’ as you would do when you participate in a ‘life training’
- Inform your professional environment that you are’in training’ and unavailable
- Use breakoutrooms without supervision as if somebody was watching you – give actively feedback to each other in the breakoutrooms.
- Use your breaks to reload your energy – do not go into ‘answering mails’ – ‘making a quick call’. Several breaks will be planned in every session: use these opportunities to stretch your body or have a walk
- Make sure the training is not interrupted by other people
- Install your environment in a way that it influences you positively (eg air – warm/cold etc – drinks – notebook etc) – Clear your desk
- Sit comfortably as if you were in a training room – not as if you are in front of your screen typing.
- Eliminate distractions & find a quiet place
- From Netflix to social media to dishes piling up in the sink, you’ll be faced with many distractions that can easily derail your studies. The best online students know how to lessen these distractions and set aside time to focus.
- Exactly how much of a challenge these distractions will prove to be will depend on your own unique personality and situation. Some might find that they can tune out a noisy home by listening to music. Others might choose to work from a local coffee shop or library to eliminate their urge to multitask at home. Ultimately, you will need to find a strategy that works best for you.
- Regardless of where you choose to work, consider turning your cell phone off to avoid losing focus every time a text message or notification pops up. And if you’re still having trouble resisting the temptation to check your email or surf the web, try downloading a website blocker. Using applications like Cold Turkey and Freedom can help eliminate distractions by blocking the apps or websites that tend to compete for your attention, such as Facebook and Twitter.
5. The effect of your presence on the other participants – participate actively
- You are in a virtual classroom – so you have an impact on the other participants as if you were in a life setting.
- Think about what effect it has on you if someone moves places or screens all the time.
- Use your technology – mute or disconnect your video in case you are interrupted – when demo-exercises are done, it is better to only see the people who are in the demo.
- Do the maximum for yourself and the others. The ideal world does not exist, so do not get nervous if your plans don’t work – take action, let go and reconnect with trainer and group.
- Hold yourself accountable for your learnings and organize the buddy system in a way that it serves your learnings
6. Attitude to get used to virtual classroom setup for important and in depth learning processes
- We all want the best in these situations, some planning and extra attention to your organisation might help. If not, let it go and ask yourself how can it be more successful for me the next time.
- It is your choice to take all the possible lessons from the virtual classroom training – act and interact as if you were in a ‘life classroom setting’
- Be interactive – ask your questions – give answers as if you were really together in a life setting
- Get out of the ‘not possible for me’ mindset if you are in it
- Enjoy the presence of yourself – the other participants and the trainer
- Stick to training rules of the ‘life training’ – By being organized, proactive, and self-aware, you can get the most from your online class even when life outside of these trainings becomes chaotic.