@TisForTraining 284: Second Life Like

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Tonight’s T is for Training was a conversation between Tom Haymes, Maurice Coleman, and Jill Hurst-Wahl on learning trends that are occurring after the COVID-19 pandemic.  As background, Ken Blanchard Companies blog post, Learning and Development Trends for 2021, says:

Face-to-face training was hit especially hard in 2020 and is certainly on the minds of L&D professionals looking into next year. While most respondents expect to have classroom training available again sometime in 2021, they are preparing for a big shift in how it is used, says [Jay Campbell, Ken Blanchard Companies’ senior vice president of products and content].

“Face-to-face workshops have always been the dominant modality in the L&D space. Our survey results show that pre-COVID, respondents estimated 63% of their delivery was in-person instructor-led training (ILT). During the past ten months, that percentage has plunged to 9%. The hero here is virtual instructor-led training (VILT), which grew from 10% to 53%, and self-paced digital, which rose from 14% to 24%.

“COVID-19 created a discontinuity in the normal evolutionary path toward digital and virtual. It has accelerated the shift—possibly by as much as a decade!

“Face-to-face training still has its place, but it will be a modality that L&D people will use selectively. It’s no longer the default. According to our results, 56% of respondents say the physical classroom still has a role, but mainly as a part of a blended learning experience. Most survey participants expect that blend to be about one-third ILT, one-third VILT, and one-third a combination of self-paced learning, coaching, and mentoring.

Also as background, Tom Haymes wrote The Four Stages of Zoom Enlightenment. In that piece, he talks about:

Stage I – Presentation (Substitution)
Stage II – Distributed Conversations (Augmentation)
Stage III – Workshopping (Augmentation)
Stage IV – Digital Constructivism (Redefinition)

Tom also wrote The System-Tool Paradox – Part I – The Perils of Letting Systems and Tools Dictate Practice, which is another resource on this topic.

We talked about virtual and in-person conferences and courses, what worked, and what our hopes are for the new normal (and not the old new normal).  You can listen to the entire episode on TalkShoe or wherever you get your podcasts.




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