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I've contributed to a Learning Guild whitepaper about how to improve virtual classrooms! You can download it here (you need a free Learning Guild account).
As I read the paper, this paragraph struck me as interesting:
Musings on the future
Sadly, I’m not sure where we are going to be post-pandemic. As I write this in December 2020 in the
UK, we’ve got to the worst stats so far. Is this the last of it, or just the beginning of more? At what point
is a country and the world ‘post-pandemic’? For a least some of 2021 we will be still dealing with a
pandemic world of restricted travel and contact with others. And when that does start to ease back to
more social contact with others, what should happen for business and learning?
What do you think about that, or any other points in the document?
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I'm staying curious and very much hoping that virtual workshops will continue (and I wouldn't have said that a year ago when a complete beginner pre-Lightbulb!).
As we emerge from lockdowns, it may turn out that 'hybrid' working at office / from home will be the mix for delivering training. However, I think a lot depends on businesses and their budgets.
:D I do remember sitting in the pub with you, quite some time ago now, and you not being at all confident about virtual delivery. I'm so glad to hear how you have got a different point of view now and even hoping that virtual will continue! Awesome work!
there is going to be a period of returning to the office which is attractive... but, IMHO the novelty of that will be driven more by "social interaction" than wanting to conduct face to face sessions.
I think this "novelty" will wear thing fairly quickly as
- people are currently restricted socially (non work) and when that is allowed again it will meet the human desire for face to face social activity
- the inconvenience and cost of commuting has been largely forgotten
- "time changes all things" and people have now tasted non office based working... they need to sample the old flavour again for a while before being able to decide what they prefer, and, make appropriate changes to their lives (jobs / homes etc)
- and businesses will find the cost reductions of virtual hard to ignore when the cost of face to face is experienced again
- "the grass is always greener" effect will inevitably come into
- productivity - the debate is not finished as to how much productivity has been lost or gained from WFH / "online everything"... time will tell !