This next pivot will be when we return to ‘normal.’ This new normal will be complex and require additional learning curves. A facilitator’s next pivot is coming soon, or is here already. When we work with a blended audience, including those in-person and some on-line, this will be a new context. Our audiences will be potentially mixed, with virtual and non-digital participants.
Some organizations will not pay for mileage and hotel stays as often as before. The learning curve of how to attend conferences online has been achieved. Many people know how to learn in a digital context. Many leaders know that it’s possible to reach a wider group despite geographic distance. The next pivot will include a few transitions and there are some things for you to consider when you design learning experiences.
Firstly, in this next pivot, the first transition will include facilitators who have been sitting to train for half days, will now possibly stand for a whole day, this is a physical aspect to consider. (Especially if you have not been wearing heels for a while). Seeing and interacting with people socially in person will be very welcome to many workplace trainers and professional speakers. However, interacting in person again will be different than on a screen, and this may be tiring in a different way. Some people will be exhilarated, and some will be drained. We will also continue to have masks and physical distancing in many contexts. Wearing masks will require interacting without full facial expressions. Engagement activities will need to adapt and change again. Team building and get to know you games, will require physical distancing and some will be without the multi-media tools that have aided engagement. Include these aspects in your solutions and learning design adaptations:
Secondly, the more complex and bigger challenge will be the audiences that include participants online and in-person at the same time. In this next pivot, you will have some people in masks, in the same room and some people joining the learning from their computers (not in the same room). It’s important to engage both groups as equally as possible and have them interact with each other. Some things to consider:
The third option, since many have already adapted to online facilitation, would be to stay virtual. Online learning may be simpler. With this next pivot, we can continue to learn how to engage our virtual participants as platforms and multi-media tools evolve. Everyone potentially has an equal voice online. However, not everyone has strong internet, high-end webcams and external mics. Everything is not equal in this experience either, but for many the online context is where they have thrived. We can’t forget the barriers that have been overcome and the innovation that has been discovered. Don’t forget to:
There will be a new normal as the next pivot happens. We will never be the same, and that is OK. Some people may find this difficult, because they were holding on to ‘getting back to normal again’. Learning curves and challenges remain, but they also bring opportunities for innovation and creativity to continue to be embraced. Strive to engage a variety of learning types in your audiences, regardless of the context. We shouldn’t go back to the way it was because that didn’t serve everyone. Think about how much you have learned, and how far you have come in less than two years! You will be able to accept the future challenges to be innovative and creative, in order to continue facilitating engaging learning experiences.
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