Virtual Classrooms can Inspire and Save Money

The NHS has struggled for many years now to cope with pressures of trying to train and update their staff whilst maintaining staff levels on wards and keep to budget. In summer 2016 one trust reported to the national health executive that they had made a saving of £200,000 in just three months after implementing a new e-learning programme.

They noticed that as they moved away from the traditional classroom training to online training it not only cut down on travel costs, classroom facilities costs, but also agency nurses to cover the ward shortfall. This enabled staff more time to spend with patients gave the staff flexibility, giving employees more control over when and where they do training.

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However from talking to nurses and other healthcare professionals whose trusts are already using some e-learning they are not managing to engage the staff and inspiring them to continue to develop their knowledge. No matter how much money they save it will not improve learning if they don’t engage people in learning, give support, motivate and help improve performance and reinforce knowledge. Virtual classrooms can do all of this providing the facilitator uses a good platform like Adobe Connect and uses great digital resources to enhance the training and information retention.

Users can be connected to other professionals all over the world to learn at the same time and also enables sharing of experiences and techniques that many people can benefit from including patient outcomes.

Benefits of running a virtual classroom:

1. Fast and safe delivery of content
Deliver training programme/course or updates to students or employees globally and fast.

2. Excellent communication
Virtual classrooms offer options via chats, emails, video conferencing and threaded discussions.

3. Adaptive learning
It gives the ability for students to be able to interact with the facilitator so that they can explain when they don’t understand and need further explanation. This enables not only proactive teaching but also reactive.

4. Peer Support and Collaboration
Virtual Classrooms can offer a safe place where participants can share experiences, knowledge and support.

5. Retention
Captivating your audience is vital; with virtual classrooms, you can create visual stimulation via graphs, charts, demonstrations and powerful visuals that will encourage student retention.

6. Feedback tools
Constructive feedback is always beneficial to a student but it is also proving to be extremely popular in virtual classrooms for peers to use emoticons to lighten the mood.

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