As an integral part of digital learning, virtual classrooms are to face many challenges. Synchronous training is now the center of the processes deployed by the learning entity in order to face the changes in the management methods.
Collaboration: the key to virtual classrooms?
Thanks to blended learning, training courses are improved: e-learning and micro-learning are the solutions to the training goals of a virtual classroom provided vertically. Synchronous sessions enable the elaboration and deepening of knowledge, supervised by a facilitator.
Collaborative learning with its interactive and cooperative modes allows the trainees to anchor their knowledge. The trainee is an actor of the session when he is encouraged to brainstorm with the group. The act of handling enables better memorisation. These mechanisms are even more efficient if they are completed with sequences of collective intelligence and peer learning, thus allowing a transversal feedback on experience.
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Facing other challenges: virtual classrooms in the times of hybrid work?
Synchronous training enables the participants to gather, to share a common goal between collaborators within a team or from different departments.
It is the ideal time to create bonds between participants and enhance the community feeling around a shared experience. Therefore, we can hold down the creation of silos between the teams that naturally emerge from project management missions.
Through the experience of collective intelligence, we are trained to good practices of management and to cooperation. Virtual classrooms are a moment held in time in a manager’s daily life, but also are a key moment for experimentation. Thus, it would be too bad not to seize this opportunity to support the organizations during the changes they are going through.
And how about the practice?
Using a digital space designed and built as a real-life place, made of tables including a main one for moments of inclusion and briefing and other tables for workshops in subgroups create the conditions for a successful virtual classroom.
The freedom of movements enables scenarios for speaking moments and allows one to manage the group’s dynamics and each person’s inclusion.
Using collaborative tools, adapted templates or sharing a collaborative note make sharing easier and enhance the session.
When the participants see each other around the table, they naturally feel as a part of the session, and the sense of belonging is as real as if everyone was gathered in-person.
An easy and permanent access to the spaces and their content, as you customized them beforehand, enable time saving. Reusable, they allow you to create a room dedicated to a training session with available resources and/or documents integrated within the different libraries available on each table.
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A class held virtually is a moment for synchronous work. Therefore, virtual classrooms must aim to encourage collaboration and cooperation between the participants. It is even more important in the context of hybrid work with a triple benefit:
- learning to collaborate
- breaking down the silos built by subgroups.