I counted 950 emails since the first email February 13th that dealt with digital solutions related to the impact that COVID-19 was having on life in general.

If we consider the facts almost all of these solutions were already available due to the fact that most of what we do on the internet is done remotely.  Some where just repackaged and given a different perspective.

What I am about to demonstrate here is not because of COVID-19 but it is because of what was done before provided poor if not completely useless results.  I am talking about training.

A common complaint we hear when interviewing cooperatives about their experience with training is that they are disappointed in not knowing how good or bad their training was.  They didn't manage to know fully how effective their training was.

This requires a little explanation.  There are many types of training activities that take place in cooperatives.  Some related to teaching and reinforcing the seven principles of a cooperative while others relate to the mission of the cooperative in terms of what their community focus is.  

A common complaint we hear is that training sessions take place and are many times treated as a social gathering rather than a place to learn and be assessed.  After a bit of thought and discussion we have come to the conclusion that the reason is due to the participants experiences and expectations.

training sessions have become more of a social gathering

The lack of post training follow up, i.e. tests and assessments is one of the reasons. The training sessions themselves can absorb a lot of the participants and trainers energy, so many times tests and assessments do not benefit from the same rigor as the actual training.  Secondly due to the cycle of repeating this process most of the trainers and trainees come not to expect being tested or to go through an assessment, and if they do many are voluntary and are not even recorded or reported.

The result is that many of these training sessions have become more of a social gathering with little to no assessment.  The tradition perpetuates and when efforts to test and assess are enforced there is a marked drop-off of attendance.

The problem is two fold.  Expectations and execution.  If there is an expectation of a test, that places an additional burden on the participant if they have to sit and spend time completing a form, then they may feel the training session is less than desirable and attendance can drop.  If the trainer is burdened chasing participants to complete assessments and then to correct and file the results, then there is less enthusiasm to focus on training as it has to be split also on testing.  

The relationship between the trainer and trainee is very different in this situation. Any teacher can tell you that an assembly for a presentation without an assessment is welcomed by students very favorably and not so when there is work such as a test or assessment afterwards.

as time passes recollection diminishes

If we can separate the assessment from the trainers then we can keep the positive mood of both trainer and trainee.  This can be done by providing the trainee an online assessment that they can do later. Yet, there is a problem with this approach.  Firstly as time passes recollection diminishes.  Tests which follow quickly after a training session will provide better results.  They help trainees retain what they have learned.

Another problem is what to do with the data.  There are many online tools where exams can be created and the data can be tabulated.   An affective method for knowledge assessment can be creating a sense of competition by providing ranking or acknowledging good grades.  There are many strategies that can help motivate trainees to make a greater effort to learn better so they can demonstrate a greater understanding of the material they were presented with.

a methodology that allows for a greater period of time to laps after a training session

The solution is to provide a methodology that allows for a greater period of time to laps after a training session for assessment, but that also presents a positive motivation for the trainee to do well.

The boys in the back
Photo by Sam Balye / Unsplash

Here is how to do that.  During the training session we video record the trainer and trainees participation documentary style. After the event we cut the video down to the essentials.  From the video that we produce we create 10 questions that cover the majority of the material.  If the training session was long we can break our video down into several parts.

combine a training video-recap followed by an automated assessment that provides useful analytics

Using the training module in Anycoop we create a multimedia assessment program.  The trainee will be able to watch the video as much as they want and then click a button to take the assessment which follows the video.  They can take this assessment only once.  The training designer can choose to show the trainee their results immediately or share them later after all the trainees have completed the training program.  The program will calculate and rank all of the results that either the trainer or cooperative admin can share with the trainees later.

If the trainee does not have a smart phone they can still take the text portion of the assessment via SMS.

What we have accomplished here is a prefect example of effective remote training. In fact trainers can create complete remote training sessions using this technique for those who cannot attend can still participate remotely.

If the trainee does not have a smart phone they can still take the text portion of the assessment via SMS.  This is very useful in remote areas where data is not available. The training can be done in a picture book and shared in a remote community.  The assessments can be done by SMS so that the administration can know definitely how much the recipients have learned.

Create a channel on Youtube for your training sessions

Create a channel on Youtube for your training sessions and copy paste the videos in your training definition.  Create 8 different types of questions ranging from single and multiple choice to sliders using Anycoop's assessment question builder.

With Anycoop's built in training service you will have the most powerful kind of training possible that works for in person and remote sessions.