From Boring to Brilliant Remote Training Ideas

Virtual training often falls flat, resulting in disengaged employees who are merely going through the motions. Here are our top 5 ways to make virtual training work in 2024.
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Written by
Robert Blaga
Published on
26 June 2024


Remote training has become an essential part of the modern workplace, especially in the tech industry. However, many companies struggle to make these sessions engaging and effective.

The primary issue is that virtual training often falls flat, resulting in disengaged employees who are merely going through the motions.

This lack of engagement can lead to poor retention of information, decreased productivity, and ultimately, a failure to achieve training goals.

Consider a typical remote training session where the presenter talks through slides for an hour while participants remain silent, occasionally glancing at their phones or multitasking with other work.

In such scenarios, employees may miss critical information and feel disconnected from the content and each other.

This problem is exacerbated by technical issues, lack of interaction, and a one-size-fits-all approach that fails to address individual learning styles and needs.

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But imagine a virtual training session where participants are actively involved from start to finish.

As the session begins, attendees are greeted by an interactive poll that gauges their current knowledge and interests, immediately capturing their attention.

Throughout the training, the presenter uses dynamic visuals and real-time collaboration tools like virtual whiteboards and breakout rooms for group discussions.

Employees participate in hands-on activities, simulations, and gamified elements that make learning fun and relevant.

Engagement is palpable as participants ask questions, share ideas, and provide instant feedback via chat and live Q&A sessions.

By the end of the session, employees not only retain the information but also feel motivated and connected, ready to apply what they've learned in their work.

Five techniques to increase remote training engagement
1. Give Them a Problem to Solve: Problem-Based Learning

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) centers around presenting participants with a real-world problem to solve.

This approach encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, and the application of knowledge.

During a remote training session, participants could be divided into small groups and presented with a complex issue relevant to their work.

Each group would collaborate virtually to analyze the problem, research possible solutions, and present their findings.

This method not only makes the learning process more engaging but also helps employees develop practical skills that are directly applicable to their jobs.

2. Let Them Collaborate on Exercises: Team-Based Learning

Team-Based Learning (TBL) emphasizes collaboration and teamwork.

In a TBL setup, participants are first given individual exercises to complete, ensuring that each person has a basic understanding of the material.

Then, they are grouped into teams to work on more complex problems.

This method fosters a sense of community and ensures that employees learn from each other’s strengths and perspectives.

During virtual training, tools like breakout rooms and collaborative platforms can be used to facilitate group work and discussions, making the learning experience more interactive and effective.

3. Embed a Multiplayer Gaming Experience: Game-Based Learning

Game-Based Learning (GBL) incorporates gaming elements into the training process to increase engagement and motivation.

By turning learning activities into games, employees can enjoy a competitive yet educational experience.

For instance, a remote training session could include a multiplayer quiz game where participants earn points for correct answers, or a simulation game that mirrors real-world scenarios they might face at work.

This approach not only makes learning fun but also enhances knowledge retention by providing immediate feedback and rewards.

4. Get Them to Share what they know: Peer-to-Peer and Social Learning

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) and social learning leverage the knowledge and experiences of colleagues to enhance the learning process.

During remote training, participants can be encouraged to share their expertise through discussions, presentations, and collaborative projects.

Social learning platforms and forums can also be used to facilitate ongoing knowledge exchange and support among employees.

This method creates a more dynamic and inclusive learning environment where everyone has the opportunity to contribute and learn from their peers.

5. Allow Them to Personalize Their Experience: The Use of AI Chatbots During the Session

Personalization is key to keeping participants engaged in remote training.

AI chatbots can be used to tailor the learning experience to individual needs and preferences.

During a training session, chatbots can provide personalized content recommendations, answer questions in real-time, and offer additional resources based on each participant’s progress and interests.

This level of customization ensures that employees receive relevant and targeted support, making the training process more efficient and enjoyable.

So, knowing what increases training engagement is one thing, but actually building such a training session and reaping the rewards is another.

But don’t worry, we are here to help.

Teamlearn is a unique training platform designed to transform your remote training sessions from boring to brilliant. Our platform integrates all the innovative techniques discussed above to ensure your employees are not just passive listeners but active participants in their learning journey.

With Teamlearn, you can create problem-based learning scenarios that challenge your teams to think critically and solve real-world issues. Our collaboration tools make team-based learning seamless, allowing your employees to work together effectively, even when they're miles apart.

Creating learning games is a breeze with our AI generation tools, and people enjoy virtual features that turn training into an engaging and competitive experience, making knowledge retention easier and more enjoyable.

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