Tag: remote learning

24 Nov 2021
compliance training

Should compliance training activities happen throughout the year? 

“It takes less time to do things right than to explain why you did it wrong.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Over the years, compliance training has become prominent for companies. It’s because organizations have to make employees recall their training for which it has to be shifted to the online mode and held several times during a year through various modes like webinars, podcasts, etc. In offline training, the employees tend to forget everything within a year.

Hence, when employees are provided with a compliance training calendar, they keep in sync with the ongoing training process.

Why a calendar?

Because compliance laws get changed all the time:

The companies should take measures to ensure that the employees are informed of the compliance laws as soon as they are updated. The language of such an explanation should be understandable by employees. A training calendar can be decided based on the availability of employees and trainers. With the changes in compliance rules, having a pre-decided training schedule can’t be helpful because sometimes ad-hoc sessions are needed. So, having a calendar adds spontaneity to the schedule.

After an internal or an external audit happens:

Sometimes a company can get insights into how it’s performing as far as compliance laws are concerned because an audit might have been conducted due to which an emergency training session is required. A compliance audit happens through an auditor who needs to check company records. The auditor can also ask the company employee and management to answer auditing questionnaires. An organization can schedule an audit itself if it’s internal by contacting an auditor. It’s generally done to determine whether the company’s employees are following all the checklists issued for compliance to them. So, such audits are conducted at a company’s discretion as and when it deems them a requirement. They can be preplanned at the beginning of a year and included in an audit calendar. For example, financial audits happen once a year for every publicly listed company, but they can also happen unplanned, for example when someone files a complaint against financial misconduct by a company. For example, shareholders can criticize that they are not being shown the financial statements prepared as per GAAP standards.

Why is a compliance calendar necessary?

The practitioners of such compliance training may find it difficult to prove to the C-suite that is the CEO, CFO, CTO, etc. about the value of the calendar. It’s because they can’t understand why the training needs to be a continuous process. That’s when the compliance training advocates need to show why making compliance an all-the-year event will be helpful.

For the C-suite, having compliance training as an annual event is costly enough and when it’s done throughout the year, the company budgets explode.

But having multiple compliance activities is useful because sometimes some employees might not find some methods of training useful. For example, they might need other training formats apart from offline compliance training.

For them, videos might be an effective way of learning rather than webinars. So, for such employees, it’s better, that when a new law comes into force, its videos are emailed to them which also showcase the results of noncompliance. The vendors of the company also require such training videos. These videos are a part of micro-learning where users are delivered 5-8 minutes nuggets for them to grasp information easily.

24 Mar 2021

How to create the classroom environment in teaching through elearning?

Elearning is now no longer a technological dream. It has been happening now because of the pandemic. There can be many tips applied to make sure elearning is imparted properly:

  • Formation of a community:
  • Students are looking forward to studying in a class because they get opportunities for interaction. When students are being taught remotely, they should be given opportunities to become friends with other classmates.

    So, instructors can facilitate the formation of such friendships by making sure that they call out students via their names. It’s important so that other students get to know who their fellow students are.

    There should be a way in which students are introduced to each other before a video session starts.

    They should also be motivated to divulge some information about their lives so that other students can find some common ground with them like their passion for the same sport, being part of the same profession, etc. Instructors can also guide students on the way they should introduce themselves via a video sent to them before the real session.

    The formation of a community is important so that students have the same friendly experience in remote learning as they have in real classrooms. The students must be also separated into groups to forge stronger relationships among them. These groups can be created for students to have a discussion among them on projects done through assignments. They can also discuss whatever is taught to them through live discussions in remote learning.

  • Having important communication with students:
  • Communicating with students is important when there is remote learning.

    The students can only talk to teachers for a limited number of hours per week. So, you have to let them know when you are available to them.

    It’s important to provide some introduction to students before the video starts when you can make them aware of your availability for their queries.

    There can also be messages sent to students through the LMS emailing system or via discussion boards answering their doubts. You should readily answer any doubts within 24 hours of students posting them on discussion boards. This way, students know that someone is concerned about their understanding of the course. You can put notifications in the LMS about when you are available for them.

    You can make good efforts to make sure that students have all their queries answered. Students can be given an office hour in a week where they can raise their doubts and get them solved.

    This is important if the students didn’t have any time with you because the class was asynchronous.

    Of course, this kind of live hour is not required if there was extra time available with students like in a blended learning setup where students are taught asynchronously but some time is already reserved for synchronous discussions.

  • Students should be clear about how to use the LMS:

The students should be clear about how to use the LMS. It’s important because some students might not be able to figure out the technicalities of the course if they are using the LMS for the first time. The students might have a hard time navigating through the course. So, students can be given a demo video on how to use the LMS to find their course and its files.

A rubric is an important document that is a part of an LMS. This is how students can know what is expected out of them in assignments. They will only complete them properly and as per the trainer’s expectations once they know the grading system of the rubric.

Including a rubric in the LMS also saves you from the hassles of responding to multiple emails about why students were poorly graded on an assignment.

So, following these tips, you can make sure that remote training has the same quality as classroom teaching.


23 Mar 2021
remote learning

Why is social learning important for companies?

There has been a rapid advancement in remote learning due to the pandemic.

Many organizations have changed their work routines from 9 to 5 to flexible working hours. Employees can also work from home or anywhere else. They are not restricted to working from offices.

This change in the working of employees has compelled social learning. Although organizations are cutting costs in times of pandemic when the demand is not much, they are still trying to be on top of their game.

The Learning and Development teams are under pressure to reduce budgets and reduce the number of people working for the organization. This is only possible with skill development and remote learning programs are now used to attain this aim.

  • No isolation through social media:

Social media platforms make sure that learners don’t feel isolated when they are getting imparted training through remote learning. Social media learning ensures that learners can learn through common challenges.

They can imbibe a lot of knowledge through advice generated when interactions happen through social media. The trainers don’t have to train employees who are interacting through social media because they make each other aware of the best on-the-job practices.

Remote learning is good for those learners because they don’t have to be dependent on trainers to explain the concepts to them. The learners can provide help to each other so that they can carry out the job duties in a better way.

  • Trainers can help employees with their changing roles:

There is so much competition in the workplace today and business cycles are short. This means that the businesses must train their employees for changing environments facing businesses. It implies that trainers must be able to take care of the needs of employees, with new kinds of job aids so that the employees can cope with evolving roles. This way, employees can develop new habits.

Remote learning programs that can use social learning can make sure that Learning and development teams can provide what the corporates want.

  • Perfect training model for training employees:

As per the US Bureau of Labor statistics which surveyed in 2020, there was a lot of employment for people between the age group of 16-44. Almost 56% of this group of people were employed. This large percentage of workers was dictated by the stay-at-home rules and learned a lot through social learning methods. There is also a sound logic behind why learners should be given knowledge through social learning.

Research has been conducted which has given a conclusion that how learning is done actually, 70:20:10. This implies that learners imbibe 70% of their knowledge through what they learn in on-the-job experience, 20% through their communications with others on the job, and 10% through training.

This is how the learning model ideally works.



03 Mar 2021
remote learning

How different is remote learning from in-person training?

There has been a major change due to the Covid19 pandemic and training has started happening in an altogether different way now. Last year blended learning became the norm.

Many companies were however, not prepared for this sudden move to remote learning. The companies had to use digital training methodologies developed before the pandemic.

Artificial intelligence

The use of artificial intelligence in learning and development offers scope for the personalization of the content. Use of the chatbots is also happening because they can answer user queries without intervention from humans. The use of artificial intelligence in training has led to a jump in queries answered in real-time when humans don’t have time. Even custom-made content can be delivered because user preferences have been analyzed.

Support for the performance of recruits

Now, companies are making sure that whenever new employees are hired, there are no long onboarding events. It’s because such events require the human presence, and social distancing has become the norm after the pandemic. Also, when recruits are hired and trained, they may not remember much of the information given to them during onboarding. When they start working, they simply don’t remember any of this information. So, training should be given just-in-time to recruits so that they get information when they require it the most. The just-in-time training has also started receiving more focus because there has been an increase in perception of training as a journey, not as a one-time incident.

Training of trainers

The trainers also need training. It’s because the entire learning process has become remote.

If the pandemic continues, the trainers will have to be prepared to provide remote learning for a long time.

There is a niche set of skills needed to deliver virtual training. For example, the attention span is better in virtual training because the learners are isolated from each other. Apart from that, the trainers should know how to grab the attention of participants because sometimes, this isolation could mean a lack of attention.

Design materials for learners

Such trainers should make sure that they have design materials to interact with the learners. This implies that the learners must take a look at the important part of the slide, rather than the whole presentation being shown to them. The presentation could be sent to them through an email after the remote learning session ends.

Bandwidth could also be a problem in remote learning sessions. So, it’s better to avoid the use of webcams in that case. It is better to communicate with learners through text chat etc. Even whiteboarding is a good option where bandwidth is low. You can write on this whiteboard and zoom in to show the text.

The trainers should also log in before the learners so that the latter don’t face empty screens after logging in. In case, the trainer is unable to log in early, there could be polls and quizzes shown on the screen to learners so that they while time, till the trainer becomes live.

But the virtual trainers should know how to involve the participants. So, this is how remote learning is different from offline training where trainers are learners are present face-to-face.

16 Feb 2021
remote learning

How to prepare videos for remote learning?

There has been a lot of stress on the remote education since Covid19 hit the world. All the teachers and instructors are online teachers now. Video lessons especially asynchronous are great tools for students. These kinds of lessons can be used to teach software to students. They can also be used to teach scientific facts to students.

Studies have revealed that students especially those who are between the age groups of 8-12 have been spending a lot of time on social media every day. So, such video lessons must be prepared carefully because they carry extra value when done nicely.

Having a video lesson with them implies students can watch it repeatedly which enhances their learning. They can pause the video and watch it again if they have not understood any part.

So, they don’t have to follow a teacher’s pace at learning things.

While preparing a video lesson for a student, there are some things that you need to take care of:

Prepare high-resolution videos 

It’s better to use videos having high resolution for remote learning.

The resolution of the video must be 1920×1080 pixels. This makes sure that the learners can catch every minute detail in the video which includes gestures also. It’s not necessary that you need a DSLR camera to record such a video. You can also use camera settings on the iPhone to get such a video quality. You can simply change the settings on the iPhone by going to the Camera and then Settings. To get more focus in an iPhone video, you can also blur the background so that focus is on a single object. For example, you are shooting the video of an insect’s movements, then it’s better to blur the forest environment. Tools like Captivate also give you an option to use the screen resolution of 1920×1080 pixels while capturing simulations.

Proper lighting for shooting the video 

While shooting a video make sure that you have proper light in the classroom. With an iPhone, you can always adjust Exposure to get the perfect video light. But it’s better to have natural light while shooting the video because research has proven that students score better where they have more natural light in the classroom than those who don’t. So, in a virtual classroom, you should try to replicate that exact environment with natural light. It’s better that you don’

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