Click the link below to see the Checklist Form created to help designers use best practices when converting face-to-face learning environments into distance learning formats:
The trainer needs to consider what aspects of the course would be best suited for the online portion of the course and what aspects would be good for the face-to-face portion of the training. “Keep in mind that courses previously taught in traditional classrooms may need to be retooled. The focus of the instruction shifts to visual presentations, engaged learners, and careful timing of presentations of information” (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2012 pp.153). The trainer also needs to consider the budget, time restraints, materials, and what type of course management software and technologies will be used. “To Date, however, no clear and verified process for determining whether face-to-face instruction, distance instruction, or a combination of the two is best” (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, Zvacek, 2012 pp.151).
The discussion/communication portion of the original training program could be enhanced in the online format. He would need to use engaging activities, discussions, and projects that would foster participation among learners. The steps that the trainer should take to encourage learners to communicate online are that he should create discussion forums that will require learners to respond and then give insight to other learners as well. There should also be group work and activities that also encourage interactivity. “Not only does the instructor have to plan for interaction but students may require training to participate actively in these types of activities” (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2012 pp.153).
Dr. Piskurich states, “It’s the same role the difference is it’s more difficult in an online environment to really make the role happen, to do the communications” (Piskurich & Chauser). Technically his role as a trainer will not change the only difference will be that it is online, and he will have to come up with more innovative ways of getting learners to actively participate in the online format of the course. Since it was difficult to get learners to participate in the face-to-face format, it will be just as difficult online but if he chooses tools that will foster active participation then it will work.
Adobe Systems Inc. (2013). Adobe Forms Central Checklist. https://formscentral.acrobat.com/app.html#d=*n46NCiMbkjMpAYYgjcAPQ
Piskurich, G. & Chauser, J. (n.d.). Facilitating Online Learning. Lecture presented for Laureate Education, Inc.
Piskurich, G. & Chauser J. (n.d.). Planning and Designing Online Courses. Lecture presented for Laureate Education, Inc.
Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., Zvacek, S. (2012). Teaching and learning at a distance: Foundations of distance education (5th Ed.) Boston, MA: Pearson.