Monday, June 08, 2009

Online Training

So, I'm thinking about transitioning to an online system for training leaders. Any thoughts? If you are doing it or have tried it, I'd love to hear what works, what doesn't work, what you would do differently if you were to start all over again, etc.

If you are considering it, then check out what Alan Danielson is doing at This is a great low-cost option if you are just starting out.


At 6:23 AM, Anonymous Danny Chandler said...

At the company I work for, we conduct much of our training online. In my opinion, online training is good for information dumps (where you or someone else is the subject matter expert) and for training that does not require heavy interaction with facilitators or other students. We use Microsoft Exchange Conferencing or NetMeeting for small groups. We use a virtual classroom for larger groups.

However, I find the greatest learning takes place in small group settings or in classroom settings where students have access to the facilitator. I use the coach-approach or Socratic method when facilitating, and find that students learn more from one another through dialogue than they do from a "subject matter expert."

This can be duplicated to a limited degree online by setting up a chat room or conference room if everyone online is tech-savvy and comfortable sharing with one another. Also, I find that the more informal the setting, the more learning takes place.

I hope this helps. Please feel free to contact me on Twitter. I check it more often than email now.


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