I attended this online event, organised by JISC Regional Support Centre Yorkshire & Humber in October 2011.
The session was taught using Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate), which I had not used before. I liked it! It was easy and the trainers were very good at introducing us to the software and let us play to get used to the new environment. I have since used Tinychat which is similar but more basic (and free). Other platforms to explore for online training are:
- Diigo: you can create a group where everyone can add resources -> community-led
- Skype for drop-in session
- LibraryThing -> share books useful for course
- Wikispaces -> work together on a project, share ideas, etc.
And for online publishing:
Why deliver training online?
- what and when you want -> time benefits
- adapt to new environment
Key differences to on-site training:
- no venue or travel necessary
- no food
- when you deliver live training (on or offline) you need two people really, in case one of them is ill, called away, etc.
- need a place to share materials, e.g. moodle, slideshare > share resources and session afterwards
Think about teaching live and offering different modules. Think about blended approach.
Can market your online courses to the whole world (global market).
I think the success of online training depends a lot on the trainer (as most training) as they need to engage the learner and keep them on the right track, especially if training isn’t delivered live. A support group of learners that works together through online sharing is important too, depending on the learner’s learning style.