Classroom to Online in 5 Easy Steps

Are you a trainer or HR professional? 

  • Classroom training sessions been postponed or cancelled?
  • New employee onboarding sessions been put on hold?
  • Speaking engagements been postponed until further notice?

We can help.

During this time of uncertainty, we’d like to share an easy 5-step process to help you create your own online training course that your learners can access remotely and anytime. Follow these 5 easy steps to bring your classroom training to life online.

Step One – Create an Outline

How is your class, onboarding session or speaking engagement already set up? How does it make sense to divide or chunk into segments/modules?  Think about different learning methods and try to incorporate more than one in your training.  Courses typically open with an activity, a video, or a story to engage the learner, followed by the learning objectives, ideas to reinforce those objectives, application of those ideas, and a summary.

Step Two – Modify

Think about activities, group discussions, handouts, etc. that are a part of your existing training.   Can you create a PDF instruction manual as an embedded link?  Are you able to use Zoom or GoToMeeting for group discussions?  Can you replace a classroom activity with an online interaction?  There are lots of free or reasonably priced resources for creating interactions.  Try iSpring to build all sorts of eLearning interactions.  

Step Three – Build a Storyboard

A storyboard is something eLearning professionals use to “build” an eLearning course, think of it as a blueprint for a house.   A storyboard can help bring your outline to life.  While storyboarding, you organize your script (what you will say) with what will be shown on the screen.  You can also add any images, audio, video, etc. to really make your course engaging.  A free storyboard template can be downloaded here.

Step Four – Gather your Assets

After your storyboard is complete, it’s time to gather your assets.  This could be recording audio, video, searching for images (remember to follow copyright laws).  Once you have all your assets assembled, it’s time to create your course.

Step 5 – Create and Publish your Course

Be creative.  Courses can be anything from a simple PowerPoint Presentation to a website with embedded video. There are many online publishing sources.  Think about who needs to see your course.  Can you email or send a link or presentation?  What platform will learners use to view your course (Computer, Phone, Tablet?)  Does it need to be private or public?  Do you need to track user completions and/or provide a certificate of completion

Some options are hosting a webinar, recording a YouTube video or publishing to a hosting site like Lynda , Udemy or Teachable .  All of these services will help you publish and host your course.  Most have at least a free trial, so look around and see which platform best fits your needs.

After you create your online training, you can even use it again in the future as a value-add to your live training. Blended learning has become increasingly popular for its effectiveness and engagement, benefiting both trainers and learners.

Remember, we at MYCA:Learning are here to help as we navigate through the next few weeks or even months. For more information about how we can be a resource, please reach out to one of our content specialists HERE.

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