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Why Synchronous Learning Should Be Part of Your Corporate Training Program

Synchronous Learning for Corporate Training

Synchronous learning is a type of learning that occurs in real-time, where instructors and learners engage in live interactions simultaneously. In other words, it involves a scheduled and coordinated approach to education, where participants come together at the same time, regardless of their physical locations, to participate in learning activities.

Key characteristics of synchronous learning include:

  • Real-time interaction: Participants, which can include instructors, facilitators, and learners, engage with each other in real-time. This can be through virtual classrooms, webinars, video conferencing, chat rooms, or other online platforms that support immediate communication.

  • Scheduled sessions: Synchronous learning activities are planned and scheduled in advance. Learners are expected to attend these sessions at specified times, much like traditional face-to-face classes or meetings.

  • Live feedback: Learners receive immediate feedback from instructors or facilitators during the session. This feedback can be in response to questions, assessments, or discussions, allowing for instant clarification and guidance.

  • Collaborative opportunities: Synchronous learning often involves group activities, discussions, and collaborative projects. Learners can interact with their peers, share ideas, and work together to solve problems or complete tasks.

  • Structured and time-bound: Since synchronous learning occurs at specific times, it provides a structured learning experience with defined start and end times. This helps learners allocate time for their training and ensures a sense of accountability.

  • Engagement and participation: Active participation is encouraged in synchronous learning. Learners are expected to engage with the content, the instructor, and their fellow participants during the live sessions.

Synchronous learning can be particularly useful in situations where real-time interaction and immediate feedback are essential for the learning process. It is commonly used in virtual classrooms, online workshops, webinars, and remote corporate training programs, where learners are geographically dispersed but can still come together in a virtual setting to learn collaboratively.

The Benefits of Synchronous Learning for Corporate Training

Incorporating synchronous learning into corporate training programs provides a number of powerful benefits:

Immediate Feedback

Synchronous learning allows for instant feedback, enabling learners to receive clarification on concepts, ask questions, and address any misunderstandings immediately. This prompt feedback loop enhances the learning experience and helps employees grasp information more effectively.

Personalized Attention

In a synchronous learning environment, instructors can personalize their approach and tailor the training to meet individual learners' needs. This individualized attention can lead to a deeper understanding of the subject matter and a more engaging learning experience.

Collaboration and Networking

Synchronous learning fosters collaboration among learners. Through group discussions, virtual meetings, and live activities, employees can share their insights, experiences, and perspectives, which can lead to a richer learning experience and promote team building.

Real-time Problem-solving

Corporate training often involves acquiring skills that employees will apply in real-world situations. With synchronous learning, participants can engage in real-time problem-solving exercises, case studies, or simulations, replicating real-life scenarios and preparing them for practical challenges.

Time-bound Learning

Synchronous learning sessions are scheduled at specific times, creating a sense of commitment and structure. This can help employees allocate time for learning and ensure that training remains a priority amidst their regular work responsibilities.

Motivation and Accountability

The live and interactive nature of synchronous learning can be more motivating for employees compared to self-paced, asynchronous methods. Knowing that their participation and contributions matter during live sessions can increase accountability and overall engagement with the training program.

Efficient Updates and Changes

In a rapidly evolving corporate landscape, training content may need frequent updates. Synchronous learning allows for quick dissemination of new information, ensuring that employees receive the most up-to-date knowledge and skills.

Overcoming Isolation

In remote or geographically dispersed work settings, employees may feel isolated from their peers. Synchronous learning provides a platform for employees to connect and interact, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie within the organization.

Building Communication Skills

Many corporate training programs involve developing communication skills, which are better honed through live interactions. Synchronous learning provides a platform for participants to practice active listening, articulate their thoughts, and refine their communication abilities.

Building a Learning Community

Synchronous learning fosters a sense of community among learners who can support and learn from one another. This collaborative environment contributes to a positive learning culture within the organization.

In conclusion, integrating synchronous learning into a corporate training program complements other forms of learning, such as self-paced e-learning modules or on-the-job training. Its real-time interactions, feedback, and collaborative nature can significantly enhance the effectiveness and overall impact of the training initiatives.

Utilize an LMS for Synchronous Corporate Training

Utilizing a Learning Management System (LMS) for synchronous corporate training can help facilitate real-time interactions, deliver live training sessions, and manage various aspects of the training process.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to effectively use an LMS for synchronous corporate training:

  1. Select the Right LMS: Choose an LMS that supports synchronous learning features, such as live video conferencing, virtual classrooms, chat functionality, and real-time collaboration tools. Ensure that the LMS is user-friendly and meets your organization's specific training needs.

  2. Integrate Communication Tools: Integrate video conferencing and communication tools into the LMS to enable live interactions. Popular platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or WebEx can be integrated to conduct virtual training sessions.

  3. Create Training Content: Develop training content suitable for live sessions. This can include presentations, videos, interactive quizzes, and activities designed for real-time engagement.

  4. Schedule Training Sessions: Plan and schedule synchronous training sessions in advance using the LMS. Clearly communicate the date, time, and agenda to the participants, and ensure they have access to the necessary training materials.

  5. Invite Participants: Invite employees or learners to attend the synchronous training sessions through the LMS. The LMS should have a feature to send out notifications or calendar invites to participants.

  6. Set Up Virtual Classrooms: If the LMS has a virtual classroom feature, set up the virtual rooms for different training sessions. Ensure that the virtual classrooms are easily accessible and that participants are aware of how to join.

  7. Conduct Live Training Sessions: On the scheduled dates, conduct the live training sessions using the LMS's synchronous learning tools. During the session, engage participants through presentations, discussions, polls, and Q&A sessions.

  8. Record Sessions: If possible and with participants' consent, record the synchronous training sessions. These recordings can be valuable for those who couldn't attend the live session or for future reference.

  9. Provide Resources and Materials: After the training session, upload any supplementary materials, resources, or session recordings to the LMS. This allows participants to access the content at their convenience and review the material.

  10. Assessment and Feedback: Utilize the LMS to conduct post-training assessments, quizzes, or surveys to gather feedback on the effectiveness of the synchronous training. Use this feedback to improve future training sessions.

  11. Track Participation and Progress: The LMS should provide tracking and reporting features to monitor participant attendance, engagement, and progress. Analyze these metrics to assess the success of the training program.

  12. Continuously Improve: Based on the feedback and analytics, continuously improve the synchronous corporate training program. Incorporate suggestions and make necessary adjustments to enhance the learning experience.

By effectively leveraging an LMS for synchronous corporate training, organizations can provide dynamic, real-time learning experiences that promote engagement, collaboration, and knowledge retention among employees.

About LMS Portals

At LMS Portals, we provide our clients and partners with a SaaS-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows you to launch a dedicated training environment (a portal) for each of your unique audiences.

The platform includes powerful tools to incorporate synchronous learning into your corporate training program.

The system includes built-in, SCORM-compliant course authoring software that enables most anyone to build engaging courses quickly and easily.

We also offer a complete library of ready-made courses, covering most every aspect of corporate training and employee development.

If you choose to, you can create Learning Paths to deliver courses in a logical progression and add structure to your training program. The system also supports Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) and provides tools for social learning.

Together, these features make the LMS Portals platform the ideal solution to make synchronous learning part of your corporate training program.

Contact us today to get started or visit our Partner Program pages

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