Distance Learning- The New Normal? - [website] Email Print
Published: 8th of Apr 2020 by: Carolyn Kessler

I read an article the other day, can't recall where, which addressed the really odd behaviour of stockpiling toilet paper. It was interesting because, rather than mocking those who have well stocked toilet paper cupboards, it gave a reasonable explanation for this phenomenon.

They explained that, with the majority of people working from home, as well as our 3 week Lockdown, families were simply using loads more toilet paper. In addition, they explained that the type of toilet paper in demand was the baby-soft kind rather than the commercial sand-paper type which we generally encounter in public/work toilets. This in itself had led the manufacturers to retool their production lines to produce way more of the baby-soft kind.

Pure logic really, but certainly not worth fighting over, although the supermarket wars over toilet paper did provide some light-hearted relief to those of us who were spectators!

I'm very lucky to be part of a company which has never considered the normal of today to be the exact same normal of tomorrow. We spend an enormous amount of time researching our topics and the various methods of presentation of training material, together with possible and current trends going forward.

Thus, we had already developed a number of online courses some time back and continued to upgrade and adapt this popular format to the changing needs of you, our client.

This process was a structured and systematic one, and allowed for us to produce really effective online courses, mainly because it didn't take place in a crisis situation. As a result, we had time to develop a solid name in this market, before distance learning became mandatory!

We have also added the option of Virtual Facilitator-led workshops. These have proven to be very popular for the following reasons:

1. You still get to interact with a "live" trainer - thereby developing a connection which is vastly beneficial in the transfer of soft skills concepts between delegate and facilitator.

2. We have found that, luckily for our company, people are taking advantage of this enforced downtime to upskill themselves or their employees, ready to take on the challenges facing us when we begin kick-starting our economy.

3. Logistically, delegates and the facilitator can work from their own little space in the world, negating the need for congregation in these troubled times.

4. Owing to the removal of a need to provide a venue and its attendant costs, we are able to offer these courses at a lower rate, without compromising on quality.

5. It is unlikely that everyone will simply return to work as usual in one fell swoop. What is more likely, is that people will return in tranches, with many continuing to work from home for the foreseeable future.
Both our online courses and Virtual Facilitator-led courses are developed to fulfill the resultant need for distance learning.

6. Many businesses have had the opportunity to judge the effectiveness of having staff work from home, and the feedback we've been receiving is mostly positive. Business owners and staff have indicated that this will likely become a more permanent option, with some staff maybe spending a portion of their time in the office and the rest at home.

7. As I said, we had planned to introduce flexible learning platforms, long before the Corona Virus reared its ugly head. (The unbelievably valuable and essential task of planning, together with practical tools to maximise its benefit, is central in our Stress and Time, and related management courses). This has given us the ability to become leaders in these areas.

To sum up, we are willing and able to provide for your training needs in a distance learning fashion.

We are still going to offer all our courses as standard workshops, a product we have honed over the 20 years we've been in existence. Our trainers love the face to face interaction, as do our delegates, and we don't believe that will change. Our Virual Facilitator-led courses offer the benefits of interactive, people centred learning, whilst logistically providing for remote learning situations. We have customised all of our workshops to be enjoyed in this format.

Plan now for the challenges which you will encounter when we move into our "new normal" and contact us for any information regarding upskilling yourself or your employees to effectively grasp the opportunities this will provide.

Staff Training is a South African soft skills training provider with more than 60 workshops on offer, all available for our facilitator-led virtual training, as well as various Online Courses.

Email us at info@StaffTraining.co.za for more info or give us a call at 0861 996 660

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