A virtual classroom is a digital environment that allows for live, collaborative and interactive learning, facilitated by an online trainer. Think GoToMeeting or Skype for Business and throw in a lot more.
Virtual classrooms offer an engaging approach to delivering L&D and provide cost-effective digital opportunities for staff growth.
Forward-thinking organisations are adopting this modern digital solution as part of their L&D strategy to deliver in key areas such as management training, skills improvement, new systems training and more. They are also using this approach to reinvent their internal communications and bridge the digital space between face-to-face training and e-learning.
Top three uses
Here are the top three reasons why organisations we work with are adopting virtual classrooms to engage with their employees:
1. Induction and onboarding
Staff inductions and the onboarding process can be complemented with online activity to boost personal development and team morale. A virtual classroom builds engagement with interactive and fun activities, from polls, quizzes and interactive drag and drop exercises, to screen sharing, videos, audio and live chat.
2. A new process
Gauging employee views prior to introducing a new process is a valuable exercise but dedicating half a day away from the office isn’t cost or time effective. A virtual classroom provides a digital space to present the proposed change with employees fully engaged. Interactive whiteboards, that simulate flipcharts, allow your people to share their views by writing live on screen and not feel overtly exposed in a face-to-face setting.
3. Change management
Implementing change in any large organisation is challenging, particularly across multiple teams and locations. Scheduling multiple dates to for face-to-face communication is time consuming and often a company-wide email or announcement won’t cut it. A virtual classroom fosters collaboration by involving key stakeholders and getting them onboard from the beginning. Separate virtual rooms, like breakout sessions, can segment attendees into small groups to allow for focused discussion.
Bespoke virtual classrooms can transform outdated approaches to training and modernise a stagnant learning culture. They can also rejuvenate internal communications and boost performance company-wide, ensuring your people are fully engaged with business aims.