We are continually looking at ways to deliver effective training and to improve our provision and as a Train the Trainer provider I believe our practice should be of the highest quality.   Like many providers, we have had to adapt our training delivery since lockdown.

I have done lots of research into courses, looking at what’s available currently online as well as looking at some fantastic Learner Management Systems (LMS) which is the interface to enable e-learning.

What has amazed me?  It's the mass of inferior learning materials available as e-learning.  I have had to endure a significant amount of PowerPoint-driven presentations which to be perfectly honest have bored me to death.  Please don’t go thinking I have been looking at the free ones, I have paid for courses, and I have subscribed to paid sessions.  If I am honest, if I were a real delegate I would want a full refund.

It doesn’t matter if we are talking about face to face training or e-learning, the same training principles should still apply.  Annoying people with 50 slides are just as bad on an e-learning platform (possibly worse) as it is in a live training event.

The 5 Pillars of Instruction still apply (Structure, Questioning, Aids, Personal Qualities and Content) and I would suggest effective use of questioning is even more important in an online session.  Otherwise, people will switch off very quickly.

The good news?  Ours isn't like that.  Ours is a system that people want to come back to. Ours is one where learning takes place and not just ticking a box.

Ralph Moody is the founder of Target Training and specialises in trainer and management development.  You can read more about him here.