The goal of computer or web-enhanced training is to ensure we have created an interface that communicates the relevant information, while also making the material interesting and fun!
We have a few questions we have to ask ourselves before we can create the training module.
1. What kind of training interface do we want to create?
2. How much collaboration and synchronous activities do you want or need to require? What are the best tools to arrange synchronous activities?
3. What tools are available for you and for your trainees to use to record audio/video, and to screen capture demonstrations?
4. How much discussion amongst trainees will be needed, both during and after the training session? What tools are available for that?
The kind of interface we create can enhance the learning experience, resulting in greater retention of the training material, and a greater likelihood it will change workplace behaviors. We can use programs like Adobe Spark, Adobe Captivate, Microsoft Powerpoint, or basic HTML code to create user interfaces that are easy to use!
Collaboration and Synchronous Sessions
Most computer or web-enhanced training is not synchronous, but that doesn't mean it won't happen or won't be necessary in some circumstances. When resources are tight and time is of the essence, it may be beneficial to get everyone onboard quickly with training online, utilizing synchronous software to make it work. Some programs are free, some cost money.
Video Screen Capturing
The ability to demonstrate skills on-screen and capture it as a movie is an easy way to help trainees learn techniques for accessing on-line programs and other web-based requirements for the job. Apple products allow for screen captured movies and photos. The same with Microsoft products as well. If you want a more sophisticated way to capture, annotate and edit screen capturing, there are several good programs on the market either free, or with a low one-time cost.
Screencast-o-matic is probably my personal favorite for editing and creating screen captures and movies. Like Capto, it is not as sophisticated as Camtasia Studios, but for easy screen casts, movies, and editing, it doesn't get much easier than this program for the price.
When we want trainees to collaborate, we can have them use the Collaboration software listed above for video conferencing, or we can simply have them engage in discussions through stand alone programs.