While designing highly engaging, rockstar training takes a little more work than what’s outlined here, below is the quick and dirty to get you started. Use this worksheet as you go through the process.
Identify learning objectives
The first step is to list the overall objectives for the training: What do you want the learner to be able to do at the end of your training? Even if you’re doing an informational webinar, identifying learning objectives helps you create better content and flow. Write objectives out in a list, as these will become your training topics or “modules”.
Outline the course modules
List each module that you identified above as a heading on separate sticky notes and place them on a white board or piece of paper where you can move them around. Another option is to put each heading on a PowerPoint slide.
Under each heading, create a bullet point list of what you want the learner to know and do for the module; this is creating your outline.
Once the above is completed, write out the information for the bullet points in each module. It’s okay to be wordy! Include what needs to happen in each section; i.e. showcase an application, tell a story, define terminology, understand a concept, use specialized tools.
Make live virtual training highly interactive
For each module, list one way in which the audience can actively participate. Here are some ideas:
- Answer a poll
- Take a test
- Answer a question through the chat box
- Give keyboard/mouse control and have someone complete a set of steps
- Scavenger hunt or independent search to find an answer
- If the learners have a worksheet, complete an exercise
- Verbally, by unmuting the audio
Sequence the course modules
Once the modules are complete, you’ll want to sequence them.
- Keep in mind that sometimes outcomes are best to show first, or certain concepts may need to be understood before jumping into the how-to.
- Think about your audience: What is their skill level, age group, knowledge of the subject matter, etc.
- Move the slides around until you feel you have a good flow.
Stage examples, edit and fine-tune PowerPoint design
The final step is staging examples (often used in software training) and fine-tuning any slides you may be using to guide the training so that the concepts are clear.
- When staging your examples, make them as real as possible. In the examples, think about creating a story from start to finish.
- Edit bullet points down to short concepts that are launching points for you as the trainer.
- Images and infographics are worth a thousand words.
- Include transition slides; even if you plan to launch a poll, a transition slide lets the audience know what’s happening…and helps you to remember as well!
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