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Lacking Technical Skills? More Tips for Creating Virtual Training Courses

Here are some more of the basics regarding what you need to know when creating a virtual training course, even if you have minimal technical skills, continued from yesterday’s post.

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Keep Your Virtual Training Interactive

When creating a virtual training course, make sure to keep all the activities engaging and interactive, even if the interactive components only last for a few minutes.
Most virtual training content is effective because it encourages learners’ participation. Virtual environments encourage learners to interact with their environments. Virtual scenarios encourage learners to think about how they should interact with characters and settings.
Games prompt learners to overcome milestones and objectives while gaining some sort of award or incentive. And live virtual seminars should encourage learners to ask questions and interact with the material in some way or with one another.

Develop Guides and Resources for Instructors and Learners

You may not be the only person with limited skills interacting with virtual learning technology and courses. So, if you’re developing a virtual training course, create guidelines and manuals for other instructors who may end up leading your virtual training course.
Offer detailed information about how to use certain content and when to distribute it, etc. And if you’re developing a self-guided virtual course, include detailed instructions for your learners so that they know what to do in certain virtual environments or settings.

Curate Content

Don’t think you have to create all your virtual training content from scratch. Curate virtual training courses and course content from reputable sources that your learners can access inside your designated learning platform. You can even automate your virtual learning content curation with the right automated tools.

Rely on Technology with a Large Bandwidth and Advanced Security Features

If you want your virtual training to be successful, ensure that it’s hosted on a platform with advanced security. This way, you won’t have to worry about your courses being corrupted by some outside source when your learners access your virtual learning content on unsecure wireless networks or on their personal mobile devices.
In addition, make sure that your learning platform has the space and bandwidth your virtual courses will need, especially those courses with simulated environments that may take up a lot of space. And verify that your learners will be able to access the virtual learning content you’re developing on their own computers and mobile devices.

Beta Test Your Courses and Solicit Feedback

After you create or curate virtual learning content, test it first to make sure it works before you promote it across your organization. You can either elect a small group of learners to try it out and ask them to provide you with feedback or ask other coworkers to take the course.
Look for glitches in the technology you’re using, system failures, and whether the virtual learning content is impactful and assessing the appropriate learning objectives. Also, ask your testers if the courses are easy to access and follow.
With the appropriate learning technology and knowledge of the basics listed above and in yesterday’s post, you’ll be well on your way to creating a successful virtual training course (even with minimal technical skills).