There’s a good reason why many people are paying attention to virtual training especially now. Because on top of normal skill building and competency requirements, such as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), staff continue to work remotely and look for professional development as a necessary benefit to a position.
For that reason, the trends below for 2022 are more than just trends. True, not all of these will still be the norm in another 10 years. But most of these learning and development techniques and styles below are top examples of the way our priorities regarding education are shifting through time. From social learning to remote training, they’re the way we’ll be learning and teaching for years to come.
Top Virtual Training Trends for 2022
Virtual Learning Space
Virtual teams and remote workers are the norm for many workplaces now. So, training has moved from an instructor-led training (ILT) classroom into the virtual environment.
Cloud-based learning on a hosted LMS (learning management system) is a convenient and relatively low-cost way of delivering curricula to learners who want the ultimate in flexibility. Because courses are hosted online, learners can access the content 24/7 no matter where they are. Training that’s delivered over the Internet and always available is an expectation among most learners, especially younger ones who have already experienced learning online as part of high school and/or college.
Every healthcare and wellness organization needs cultural competence training, no matter what. Being able to view clients and patients with an awareness of their cultural background has a huge impact on your agency and also each person’s health.
Cultural competency allows your team to bridge a gap between the people in your community and the healthcare system.
Depending on the subject, off-the-shelf curriculum can be perfect for virtual training. How many ways are there to screen someone for breast cancer, for example? While you don’t need to reinvent the wheel for all topics, some localization is helpful. This might mean translating the course content into Spanish, or providing case studies that match demographics. This trend makes matching a course to your learners much easier.
More people are drifting away from their desktop computers in favor of their handhelds. This is driving the trend of more courses, or elements of the courses, to be available on mobile devices, and thus mobile learning, or m-learning. In practical terms, it means that the course should be visible when you’re looking at it on your smartphone. It might also have features such as forum updates, or compatibility with social applications.
Most of CHWTraining’s clients are seeking a self-paced (or self-guided) virtual training format now. This lets participants learn when they want to within an overall time frame. Self-paced or self-guided courses differ from a live meeting, such as a Zoom meeting, because a learner is given a window of time within which to complete the course. Instead, a session conducted over a virtual meeting requires that everyone be online at the same time.
The top benefit of this format is that learners get to learn when they want. Self-paced programs are very flexible and fit with their schedule because they have access to the content around the clock. It also tends to be far less expensive than classroom training.
Just as social media revolutionized the way people communicate with each other, social learning is a trend that may change the way people learn with each other. Social learning employs many of the same tools and technologies of social media and applies them to the digital classroom. This might include Twitter, blogs, wikis, YouTube and Facebook.
Learners looking for keep raising the bar on what they expect in terms of skill-based health education. It seems anything can drive the need to expand and elevate what you offer your health workers. It might be availability (can they take the course in the evenings or after hours when they’re not in the field?), hardware (does it work on the iPad?) or collaboration (is there a social element that lets learners network with each other?).
Many healthcare agencies still rely heavily on in-person training or consider “online” to be a PowerPoint presentation. If your organization is like this, you’ll need to work even harder to meet the expectations of your learners. Here are the trends you need to follow to navigate the ever-changing world of health training.