Remote Classrooms: three things we’ve learned

Suddenly both trainers and participants find themselves unable to travel or even stuck at home entirely. Luckily, we’ve come prepared: we’re thrilled to introduce Gladwell Academy’s Remote Classrooms! With adapted content and pacing to allow digital delivery of our courses in SAFe in Agile Scrum and Kanban and in information management, your professional learning journey is continues fully adapted to digital interaction!

Tried and true platforms

Our instructors at Gladwell Academy have embraced platforms such as Zoom, Teams, and WebEx to allow for remote content delivery and lively discussions. We have a minor preference for Zoom as it currently offers the highest quality sound and images, but we can adapt to any application landscape. We also use Mural as well as both Google Drive and OneDrive.


Remote classes: what have we learned?

When conducting remote classes, our instructors apply a wide range of techniques and strategies to bridge the physical distance. Here’s a few learnings we picked up.


1.    Seeing is engaging!

Group involvement leans heavily on seeing each other’s faces. We ask our students to keep their video feeds on, and with great results.

For our instructors, we try to use multiple screens in training. One monitor is used to display course materials, while the other is the channel for participant communication. This makes moving between students and content more fluid and discourages boring slide reading; a trap to avoid at all times.


Check our upcoming remote trainings here.


2.    Longer period

The first consideration concerns pacing itself. In a remote training setting it is much more difficult for participants (and instructors) to remain focused for long periods of time. Making a course which is normally eight hours a day, into a four-hour course set over a longer period proves far more productive in a remote classroom.


3.    Slide-heavy course? Beware…

Another trap to avoid is the infamous ‘Death by PowerPoint’: slide-deck-driven trainings can become a much heavier burden. How do our trainers cope? Of course, it is important that to access the theory during training, but it is equally important to keep people engaged and involved. So, we intelligently adapt course content, exercises and storytelling to suit remote training.


Remote training at Gladwell Academy

Gladwell Academy will continue its regularly scheduled trainings via Remote Classrooms for the immediate future. Get the same expert training and from experience Agilists, specially modified and adapted for long distance education. Talk to us for more information!


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