The Redback Team
6th January 2016
Which features should you be using for online training?
Learn the most effective features
The web conferencing platform is perfect for conducting online training – whether it’s up-skilling your current workforce, hosting remote inductions or educating at a distance.
In saying this, how many times have you joined a web conference and suddenly become overwhelmed by all that is going on? There are SO many features available to you – some allow you to talk, others give you the ability to survey, launch webcams, go through slides, text chat, use white boards – the list just goes on and on.
Here’s the good news – amongst all these shiny features there are some golden gems, some features that have the potential to take your online training sessions to the next level. Here are our top recommendations and our tips on how to use them best!
Visually Present and Engage…
PowerPoint Presentations are used mainly for online sessions. They are the perfect way to engage and convey critical information if they are used properly.
Tips for creating Online PPT Presentations:
- Keep slides basic and try to be consistent with your branding
- Large fonts work well, especially in bullet point format
- Use images to illustrate a point but always consider those reading your slides once your event is over – you still want people to be able to retain information
- Pay attention to your opening and closing slides – what do you want people to look at before you go live? What call to actions do you want to end with?
- Never embed audio or visual files – these won’t upload to the platform. You can however use other features to play these
- Use animations and your notes sections – these will both upload into the platform
Ask for, receive and share…
Polling is becoming a much more common tool as it engages your virtual audience and it can be reported on. Be careful though – going poll crazy with no strategy can sometimes have a negative effect.
Tips for Online Polling:
- Create polls ahead of time and save them to the platform – they will remain there until you delete them
- Create a holding slide for when you plan to launch a poll. This will prompt you and/or your presenter and will give your audience an idea as to what they can expect
- Always elaborate on the responses you receive – there is no point asking for feedback and then moving on without any acknowledgement
- Consider using polls as a quiz option – if your attendees need to ‘pass’ or show some level of learning then this is perfect. And best of all, you can collect the results immediately after!
Entice conversation and collaboration…
The White Board feature gives you and your virtual audience the ability to collaborate instantly. This feature is ideal for small groups and everything you create can be saved!
Tips for white board collaboration:
- You will need to ‘promote’ your attendees to use this feature. It is recommended that you have a facilitator on hand to do this while you focus on delivering content – no one likes long pauses
- Let your audience know what is expected of them. If you plan to launch a white board then send a brief ‘how to’ document in the reminder email. It’s also a good idea to include tips on your opening slide
- Have some rules. We don’t like being the fun police but a virtual white board with no monitoring can get kinda messy. Designate certain colours to individuals and ask groups to annotate one at a time
For more inspiration take a look at our white paper Online Training – 10 steps to make it work.
There you have it, out top 3 features for online training. Do you have any others that work a treat? If so, let us know in the chat box below.
Until next time,