Creating proximity through digital : Which training modality to choose

Digitize has been the watchword of 2020 for companies and training organizations and this new year is taking the same direction. For many, this was done a bit reluctantly. Often attached to face-to-face training for its virtues of proximity and interaction between the different actors, the trainers had to go digital, the only possible training method to guarantee pedagogical continuity in times of crisis. A dilemma then arises: how to create proximity with a tool designed to be used at a distance?

Don't panic : dare blended learning

The end of face-to-face training ?

Let's start with a generality that it is not very useful to repeat (but we will do it anyway): 100% face-to-face training is no longer possible. The problem is, to create interactivity in training, we need synchronous modalities! And face-to-face is certainly the best. So if we take part of it, what do we have left? The webinar, the virtual classroom, the MOOC, the… and no, we have already explored all possibilities and, icing on the cake, these 3 virtual synchronous modalities are very often confused with each other and referred to “a videoconference”.

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The first observation is therefore rather mixed: we can no longer do face-to-face and all we have left to create interactivity are extended live sessions? From today on, we have to look at these modalities on the bright side, they are not just a substitute, not just a less effective alternative. There are many opportunities to explore, but it takes a little curiosity.

Interaction at the heart of digital training

First, is it complex to bring together 300 learners in a single classroom ? Yes.

Is it complex to bring together 3000 learners in a virtual room ? Well, it's true that it can be tricky, but it's still much simpler.

Apart from the logistical and costly constraints which are simplified thanks to digital technology, other educational factors also come into play : it becomes easier to survey the audience to boost training, to directly involve participants, etc. The interaction between the learner and the trainer is essential. Edflex, for example, has understood this well : this digital training solution sets up a chat with learning experts available at any time to answer learners' questions. A simplified exchange for a personalized response.

Whether for a webinar, a virtual classroom or a MOOC, the mistake not to make would be to keep the same educational structure as your face-to-face courses. These modalities should be seen as a package: if you rent a physical room, we will provide you with seats: normal, you would say. The same is true if you use these remote tools, you will have many features to exploit. The challenge then is to invite learners to interact with them as much as possible and to use them.

Thus, it will become much easier to create interactivity, excitement, and to make these remote times real moments of sharing and learning. 

The training methods to serve your educational objectives

Asynchronous modalities

Many companies are sure that by digitizing their face-to-face training to asynchronous formats, their learners will not follow and this can often prove to be true. However, is the real problem the digital itself, or the modalities that are chosen ?

Whether for training organizations or companies, the majority of entities have had to massively digitize their training catalog. Here it is therefore essential to adapt the choice of modality well to your educational objectives. Thus, there are many possibilities available to you to keep this important criterion in addition : the proximity between the learner and the trainer.

Take the example of the e-learning format : in addition to being a real time saver, whether for employees or training departments, the e-learning format offers great flexibility and autonomy for the learner. In the absence of having a physical person in front, this digital method makes it possible to integrate all types of media (visual, video, quiz, text, etc.) in order to choose the most suitable tool for each educational objective. To create a bond, the learner generally interacts with a narrator in order to ask him questions, to explore a subject in depth or to start an exercise again. Here, it is he who decides how quickly he wishes to move forward and who can independently ensure the completion of the objectives.

The example of video-learning

Video-learning training is also an excellent alternative to face-to-face training, but above all a modality in its own right. A majority of people regularly consume videos, whether on social networks, on television… this format is very popular for many reasons. It's simple: YouTube is the second most visited site in the world. The good news is that this very popular format is perfect for training ! Quick and easy content consumption, anywhere, anytime. This is certainly what makes it so charming, but that doesn't mean you should overdo it and create weariness.

Too much video kills video. It must therefore be used at the right time and to achieve appropriate educational objectives thanks to a strong memory imprint. The use of storytelling is therefore essential to promote the link between the learner and the trainer. This is an important feeling that emerges especially from the younger generations who are heavy consumers of video media : over time, we feel like we know the actor and share common bonds.

Video learning exemple

A multitude of asynchronous modalities are available to you to brighten up your training plans and satisfy your learners. Now think of it as if you were making a fruit salad : mix well without overloading any ingredients in order to maintain harmony and satisfaction.

To take the blended learning leap, trainers must... be trained !

As you will have understood, digital is not a simple alternative to face-to-face training made complicated in this period. Each modality has its advantages and disadvantages.

To ensure an effective and engaging training plan, it is best to use the right teaching methods at the right time by promoting blended learning and multimodal courses.

To do this, nothing better than being accompanied by experts, whether for catalog or tailor-made training . A multitude of players are present on the EdTech market with various and varied solutions. Are you looking to create proximity for your learners? Above all, do not hesitate to use it and call in the experts !