My Comment on Virtual Reality Check: Remote Learning Frustrations
I’ve been spending quite a bit of time of late working both within my current role and in discussion with a few other practitioners talking about Virtual Learning.
The concept of delivering some type of upskilling or behavioural impact remotely is certainly not new. Even looking at “modern” tools like the webex’s of the world, they’ve been around long enough for a million and one white papers, books and blogs to outline some great howto’s. Continually however, I am finding organizations frustrated at the quality or impact of the Virtual Classroom.
We are currently discussing the use of blogs in an educational setting and as a supplementary learning tool. I stumbled across your blog as one of my classmates mentioned your blog on her site.
I work in an online university, and believe me we have some most amusing as well as headache encounters with modern technologies, in regards to what can possibly go wrong in an online presentation. In the middle of our own training, computers have crashed in the middle of training; the network did not connect, etc. You name it, I have seen a few. But honestly, taking the errors out, using online training in a corporate world, I think personally can really be useful in getting the info out there fast and effective. I had to smile about your comment in regards to whipping that clown. That’s always the danger in any online surrounding, of how to keep the folks up and interested without them wondering off in their own daydream.
I mean we all know that in the corporate world we are sitting in front of computers all day, and the learning being so computerized these days, I can only imagine that the attention level is rather limited at a certain point. I am enrolled in the instructional design program at the university where I also work and it is an interesting experience to look at the processing of information from different perspectives (as the employee, the student and the instructional designer .
At the moment we are discussing the information processing theories in our class, in context with the learning theories and how this is useful when looking at owns own personal learning strategies.
In the corporate world we are after the fast track delivery of any material: ‘Time is money’. And too make matters even worse, I find us adults are the worst learners of them all! I mean honestly, who feels like learning some more when you are helping customers or in my case advising students all day on their educational needs all day long on the phone. We blog, we facebook, we are flooded by apps and multimedia flash presentations where ever we look. Sometimes I feel the whole world is going virtual. Are there any real humans out there?
We all know successful learning strategies are rather time intensive. We try and cram the agenda of the learning outcomes into a 45 minute live sessions, of which, as mentioned in your article can be ruined by the technical glitches. But on the other hand, what would we do without all this technology?
In my workplace we break down boarders by live conferencing with our colleagues thousands of miles apart from each other, share a somewhat common goal on at agreeing that being surrounded by ‘online and virtual-mania’ of the technical-millennium, we might as well get the best out of it, that we can. We have discussed this at work with the trainers and we have brainstormed and when we have finished moaning and groaning about the glitches of the online learning, we take a moment and remember … our teachers holding endless monologues about topics that no one really cared about… Then I know we are truly blessed with all the interactive learning strategies out there!
I am certain if the ‘photosynthesis process’ in my biology class had been delivered in a multimedia format I would have gotten that A+!