The knock-on effects of change can be challenging to manage, especially when we’re faced with such uncertainty and getting used to our ‘new normal’ hasn’t been easy but focusing on the positives really does allow for a different perspective to prevail.
My working world has changed recently, but I’ve also:
- Re-connected with the kids as I help them learn to ride their bikes
- Baked endless supplies of banana bread (when we can get hold of flour!) and
- Watched our four caterpillars go through metamorphosis to emerge as beautiful butterflies!
One of the most significant and most unexpected opportunities has been the acceleration of virtual learning.
The Academy, Ashfield Healthcare Communications’ in-house training platform, has also been transforming, allowing us to deliver virtual training programmes.
As well as overcoming the geographical and logistical constraints of the classroom, virtual learning supports “just in time” training based on real-world skill development. In these uncertain times, training is importantly, an opportunity to connect, a chance to escape to somewhere else… and an opportunity to think, “What if?”
For the virtual classroom, we have been specifically developing Bitesize training, and we’ve had great success keeping everyone involved!
Bitesize offerings are:
- 60 – 120 minutes: keeping it concise
- Engaging: utilising break-out rooms, on-line chat and Q&A functions
- Interactive: yes, the technology really does work!
Bitesize is not a replacement for our classroom-based training but is undoubtedly an enhancement to our face-to-face offerings which we hope to resume once it becomes safe to do so. Face-to-face continues to be an important platform allowing easy interaction, a high level of direction and strong networking. We will be using a blended learning approach of classroom, virtual and eLearning offerings.
Author: Nicki Davison, L&D Business Partner