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Webinar Recap: Changing Ho-Hum Online Training into an Exciting Learning Experience

Ho-Hum Learning

In the ever-changing world, one constant is the need to learn. With the ongoing developments of technology to facilitate learning, your association should be poised to take advantage of online learning opportunities. Ensure your association can facilitate member learning to allow them to remain viable in the new workplace. Further, ensure your association can plan and execute online training efficiently, effectively and at an executable scale.

In Sue Tinnish’s recent webinar, Changing Ho-Hum Online Training into an Exciting Learning Experience, she discussed a number of different strategies and ideas to help engage your members and help your learners retain the information. Check out some of her tips and view the full webinar on-demand here.

Research Your Audience

First things first, research your audience. What performance gaps do they need to work on? What goals are they trying to achieve? You can ensure you are on target by using surveys, monitoring comments, providing eLearning assessments, and conducting interviews. Then, incorporating responses into your online training curriculum.

Your audience is also probably going to want to know what’s in it for them:

  • Key takeaways
  • Benefits
  • Real-world applications
  • Action planning

Once you’ve researched your audience, the next step is to design your online learning to be more interactive and engaging. Here were a few of Sue’s suggestions to do just that:

Create Pre-Session Activities

  • Pre-work can promote a flipped classroom and sets the tone for the session
  • This can include polls, chat questions and/or a background video


  • Contextualized learning is said to be more effective
  • Using activities that are related to the real-world allows learners to more readily understand and assimilate those instructions

Make it Multi-Sensory

  • Pair audio with visuals improve comprehension and knowledge retention
  • Combine elements such as background music, sound effects, audio narration, images and graphics
  • Create emotional connections

Learner as Teacher

  • Use assignments to help spread the information to their teams/staff/colleagues
  • Encourages learners to communicate face-to-face with others to discuss content, apply knowledge, reflect on lessons learned and receive feedback
  • Increases accountability once participants know they will have to share their skills too

Show Steps or Sequences

  • Some technical subjects are best taught using real-world photographs in which learners can see the work in progress, in the right sequence
  • Use photographs and flowcharts

In conclusion, the big challenge that online learners often face is that they don’t have a connection with other learners. However, connection is central to adult learning. It fosters engagement and commitment by providing participants with opportunities to advance their knowledge through practice and discussion with peers. Want to learn more? Watch the full webinar here.

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