Smarter Interactive will be exhibiting at Learning Technologies 2013 in London later this month and we will be focusing on three areas of learning technology – in room, one way training over a distance and remote collaboration. Last week we examined in room communication technologies, and in this article we’ll take a closer look at how to deliver one way training remotely.
There are many tools available for delivering one way training remotely over the internet, such as GoToWebinar, GoToMeeting and WebEx. They work very well for situations where you invite people to view a slideshow or presentation that you add live commentary to. However, the downside is that it’s difficult to change the pre-designed materials, for example so that you can react proactively to questions from the participants. Sure, you can answer questions verbally but it’s often easier to provide visual explanations and if you haven’t already created a slide with the answer (and how could you, when the question is ad hoc?) you might struggle to provide a suitable response.
The answer is to use a SMART Board to deliver one way training remotely. Using a SMART Board you can still invite people to the presentation using GoToMeeting, WebEx or the proprietary SMART Bridgit software. This means you don’t require your attendees to have any special equipment and they can join on their computer, laptop or tablet device. You’re not limited in the material you can display during a SMART remote training session – anything you can display on your computer can be relayed via the SMART Board, including PowerPoint slideshows, videos, websites and documents. You can instantly change the content – perhaps find a file or browse to a specific website – in response to feedback from the attendees, and you can write or draw over any of the materials in real time. For example, you might want to call up a particular slide, ask your delegates questions and hand write their responses directly on the slide – this is completely possible with a SMART Board. You can even hand over control of the screen to any delegate so they can add their own notes. And best of all, you can record the entire session and distribute it digitally after the meeting, either as a video, a PDF file or a series of PowertPoint slides. This means your students all have a copy of the training, including any additional notes, and you can send the notes to students who weren’t able to attend as well.
If the idea of using SMART Boards to deliver one way training remotely sounds interesting, come along to Learning Technologies for a demonstration. We will be on stand 16 at the show, which takes place on Tues 29th and Wed 30th January at Olympia 2, London. Entrance to the exhibition is free and you can book your ticket here.
Alternatively, give us a call on 0118 336 0010 to speak to our experts about remote learning technology and how it could help you deliver one way training remotely.