What is remote training? Are remote courses effective? How do you attend a remote class? These are some of the many questions that our course participants like to ask us. At NobleProg, we have over 10 years of experience related to the organization of remote courses and we are happy to share this knowledge with you! Do you want to know what you need to be effectively prepared for your online learning? This manual has been designed specifically for you!
Remote training – Learn about their advantages!
How is remote training organized?
We provide remote training for groups of 4-10 people, in real time. Participants are in constant contact with the lecturer, being able to ask questions on an ongoing basis and discuss problematic issues. The continual presence of the trainer plays an important role in maintaining the participants’ motivation and level of concentration. As the training starts, a specific agenda is set outlining start and end times, along with breaks and rules for effective conduct during the course. In addition:
- participants and the trainer interact with each other using virtual desktops and video calls using DaDesktop ® technology
- most courses can be delivered in exactly the same amount of time as their traditional live classroom counterparts (for example 21 hours over 3 training days). We also practice teaching through micro- learning, which lasts no longer than 4 hours a day (for example 16 hours during 4 training days).
What do I need to take part in remote training?
- computer with a stable Internet connection (min 10Mbit / s download and 1Mbit / s upload);
- Chrome or Firefox web browser;
- good quality microphone and speakers or headphones;
- a quiet place, free from distractions and any outside noise (a cafe or kitchen are not the best place).
- large monitor or a second, separate screen;
What software will the training be used with?
Online training courses are easy to use, even without comprehensive knowledge of modern technologies. Before each training, participants will receive instructions outlining how to login to the DaDesktop platform and all the tools needed to establish a secure connection with the trainer and other trainees. Usually, we recommend using the Zoom for connectivity, however we are also ready to adapt to the client’s preferences if another messenger is more user friendly to them.
All you need to run the training environment is a stable Internet connection and a Chrome or Firefox browser. Before the training, the trainer installs all the software and tools that you will need during the course, saving you the need to do so. Once you join, everything will be ready and waiting for you.
What about practice?
If you associate remote training mostly with dull webinars, where a trainer only discusses the contents of his or her presentation – let us change your perspective on how online learning can be done. Depending on the topic and technology at play – each individual training prepared by the instructor on DaDesktop includes one or more virtual machines, all of which the training participants can access remotely. Each participant is able to startup, restart or shutdown their training environment, as well as make any necessary changes to it’s configuration. Furthermore, our remote environments work just as well with online courses as they do with standard stationary ones.
Convenience and saving time are some of the many amazing advantages related to connecting all participants and the trainer together in one virtual space. The trainer can check the progress of each participants’ work on an ongoing basis and provide help when it comes to reviewing tasks and correcting mistakes. The trainer, both having an overview of the training environment of all trainees, as well as the ability to share his or her own screen with the participants, makes the discussion of specific examples, sharing knowledge, and carrying out group tasks even more effective than in a standard live classroom setup.
Level of Focus During Remote Training
Working remotely and participating in remote training requires far greater levels of self-discipline than participating in a stationary course. Even if you have a perfectly prepared environment, meet all the technical requirements and have an expert deliver the material, all of this will not guarantee an effective assimilation of knowledge. We need to be motivated and focused solely on the topic of the training.
What do we need to remember in order to get the most out of remote courses? Here are some good practices:
- Define your goals – before the training, take some time to familiarize yourself with the subject and the course curriculum. Write down the goals you want to achieve during the training, as well as the questions you want answered. This will strengthen your motivation and make you perceive training time as more valuable and important.
- Do not plan any other meetings during the training – enter the training into your calendar and set your availability as “busy.” Do not schedule other meetings immediately before, during or after the training. Let’s face it – planning an agenda for your next meeting will not help you focus on the content of the course.
- Avoid sending or receiving e-mails and using business messengers – set an automatic reply for incoming e-mails during the training.
- Mute your phone – if you really consider the training an important milestone in developing your expertise on the subject, make sure you devote 100% of your attention to it. It is entirely up to you to decide whether you will pursue the goal that you have in mind for yourself at this given moment, or whether you will be a passive participant in the goals and needs of other individuals with whom you work.
- Take precautionary measures to ensure a quiet working environment – if you plan to take part in the remote training from home, make sure to inform your relatives about this fact. They need to know that you will be unavailable. Make sure that you are on top with any responsibilities you may have, in order to avoid situations where you will have to take your leave 20 minutes into the training.
- Focus on taking notes – this will help you avoid distraction, document the information provided by the trainer in a transparent and easy way. Underline or highlight the content that is worth returning to after the course.
- Let us get to know you – many participants give up on using a video camera during the training. There are many reasons behind this – lack of makeup, unofficial clothes, a sense of a lack of professional surroundings. This actually works to our disadvantage. Without a video connection, we lose a sense of being actually present at the course and allow ourselves to be able to take up other activities rather than keeping our focus on the training. We invite you to take up the challenge and keep your camera on throughout the entirety of the course. Make sure you create an environment for yourself, where you will in fact feel like you are in a training room – even if that involves clearing your desk or getting a haircut 😉
- Communicate – we know very well that even minor imperfections in our understanding of the content can change our attitude about the training by 180 degrees. If you notice anything that makes it difficult for you to have a good grasp of the knowledge being presented, such as: the trainer’s microphone being too quiet, if he or she speaks too quickly, if you hear distracting noises or if there is anything going on during training that can be improved upon – don’t hesitate to communicate this in person or via a private chat message to the trainer. This is your time, your money invested, so we want to make sure you are getting the most out of it.
Do you have any questions? Would you like to dispel your doubts regarding proper preparation and participation in a remote training? Don’t hesitate to contact us!