As more training gets done online these days I’m finding myself evaluating things that I like and don’t like about it and what bits are helpful. I know we all do this but I’m finding that there are times where I wonder why I’m doing the training. I’ve recently had to do some systems training and as the LMS provider is in the US the training has been done online. Now I know there are technical difficulties that arise and there are time zones and other issues but I really struggle to follow a training session where all I’m doing is sitting at a desk watching my computer monitor and listening in while the trainer is showing me different links and areas of the system. While I do find it interesting it becomes a bit of a battle trying to remember everything – while taking notes – and not to fall asleep during the session as it becomes a bit of a one way session.
I’m not talking about a session that is only 1 hour – this is a 6 hour training session that can become monotonous when all you have is one person talking and all you need to do is remember to move your mouse occasionally so that the screensaver doesn’t come on. It gets worse if there are no training manuals provided – or are provided 5 minutes before the session starts and you haven’t had time to print them out. I know there are limitations to what you can do but I’m not sure that anyone learns a lot in that situation. I know that I’m usually left scratching my head and wondering what was it that I’ve just learnt.