The Time Is Now for Virtual Training

Today we have a guest post from Cindy Huggett, CPLP. Cindy is the author of Virtual Training Basics, and co-author of ASTD Infolines “Simple, Effective Online Learning” and “Designing for the Virtual Classroom.” She has taught hundreds of synchronous, online classes for a variety of audiences.

Her favorite passion is to help trainers deliver effective and engaging live online classes. She also assists clients on their transition to blended solutions and conversion to virtual training.
Cindy served on the national ASTD Board of Directors in 2009-2010 and was one of the first to earn the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation. 

You can find Cindy sharing training tips via Twitter at @cindyhugg. Contact her via her website

Are you an early riser? Or do you wait until the alarm clock rings, hitting the snooze button several times before dragging yourself out of bed?

When it comes to virtual training, the alarm clock is ringing. Maybe you were one of the early risers, with a head start on providing virtual training to your workforce. Or maybe you are just now hearing it and biding your time while you figure out how to respond. Either way, the time is now for virtual training.

The most common path to virtual training is to convert your existing traditional in-person classes to the live online environment. My new white paper, 3 Simple Steps to Move Training Online, will help you do just that. It examines the most common conversion mistakes and walks you through the three steps necessary to translate your traditional training to the online classroom.

Still not sure that virtual training is right for your organization? Here are three reasons why the time is now for virtual training:

  1. Increased mobility of the workforce.
    According to IDC, nearly 75% of the American workforce and 35% of the global workforce will be mobile by the end of 2013. And ASTD’s recent research study on mobile learning reveals that over 85% of organizations supply mobile devices to at least part of their workforce. As your organization’s workforce goes virtual and mobile, so must your organization’s training.
  2. Increased globalization of organizations.
    The world continues to shrink as organizations expand their reach across international borders. Virtual training allows you the opportunity to create a community without borders. Anyone with Internet access can attend a virtual training session. And you can now provide training to employee populations who were previously excluded due to time, space or location issues.
  3. Increased productivity for employees.
    When employees can stay at their desks to participate in training, they will undoubtedly realize productivity gains – less time traveling means more time getting things done. Another big advantage of virtual training is the ability to deliver it in smaller chunks of time. Employees can attend short, just-in-time training classes from their desks.

So what are you waiting for? The time is now!

Download 3 Simple Steps to Move Training Online by Cindy Huggett.