Returning to Classroom Training
Earlier this year, the world had retreated from the classroom in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Schools had to rush out scores of students from their classes, and universities had to suspend their semester. The scenario had been the same in the adult learning spectrum. Professionals were hesitant in taking up classroom training. While several professionals adopted the online learning models, a significant part of the workforce had to hit a pause on their learning process due to the lack of in-person classroom training options.
However, for a couple of weeks, the global learning community has been pushing to return to the regular classroom styled learning. Administration in the USA and other countries have been giving serious thoughts to finding safe options to reopen schools and colleges. The scenario in the adult learning community is not very different. So what will returning to classroom training look like?
There will be changes in the classroom styled learning. A significant safety aspect has added to conducting in-person classroom training. Training facilitators & participants will have to take extra care to follow safety protocols. Here are a couple of points that have to be given serious thoughts while running in-person Classroom Workshops:
1. Essential Safety Measures:
In the classroom setup, learners stay in close proximity to engage in realtime conversation and learning. Bringing a group of people together does not seem like a good idea now. However, it can be done safely with specific steps.
i. Safety Gears a Must:
This goes without saying that learners and instructors will have to wear masks and other protective gear at all times. Training facilitators will have to provide protective equipment like face mask/shield, gloves, etc. along with sanitizers.
ii. Health Monitoring:
This is going to be a crucial step in any and every classroom workshops. Training facilitators will have to design a health monitoring routine for instructors and learners. Moving forward, microlearning groups of 5 to 8 learners will gain an advantage over building a huge batch. While this will preserve the interaction opportunity for learners, it will make the process of tracking health conditions much more straightforward.
2. Planning In-Class Activities:
Social distancing is a critical point in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, and it will have to be practiced in classrooms as well. Having microlearning groups will again help in achieving this in a classroom setup. Training facilitators can plan sitting arrangements. They will also have to get creative when it comes to conducting group activities/assignments. Overall, the actions from the start until the end of the workshop will have to be looked upon in advance to identify situations where the social distancing or other safety precautions can get compromised. Planning the workshops will become a much more elaborate process than what it used to be.
3. Controlled Training Venues:
Training rooms or conference halls will have to be controlled and sanitized at regular intervals. The best scenario will be to restrict entry and to sanitize the training venue at the end of each day. Doing so will be convenient for organizations that are conducting in-house training. However, with the current work from home situation, this seems highly unlikely. Learners will have to take up workshops being offered by individual facilitators who depend on rented learning spaces. As a result, training facilitators will have to dedicate additional time to find out training venues that can support and facilitate this level of control.
Locations of such venues will play a significant role in delivering safe classroom training as well. Till now, the location of the training venue had been looked at with a convenience angle. However, moving forward, the site of the training venues will have to be selected very carefully. They will have to be away from any state declared contaminated zone or high-risk zone. They will also have to be close to the place of stay of learners to avoid additional travel risks. Learners traveling to the training venues will have to take extra care during the commute as well.
4. Commitment to In-Person Learning
It must be clear by now that in-person learning will require additional tasks for learning and training facilitators alike. This means learners will have to commit to a lot more safety measures if they want to take up in-person training. It will be a good idea for every learner to analyze if they are ready to commit to such elaborate processes. While physical training is a must in specific domains, digital learning options are becoming popular in most fields, and learners need to identify if digital learning models can suit their learning style.
Scores of professionals prefer the physical presence during the learning process, and training facilitators and certification bodies are slowly inching towards relaunching their Classroom training. We at Certification Planner will also be resuming our in-person classroom workshops from 1st August 2020. If you want to break learning disruption but are concerned about your safety, you can take up our “Safe-In-Person Classroom” training. We identify the risk and have taken all the necessary steps to cover all the safety steps mentioned above. You can book your training at . If you are still not confident about the in-person training, you can choose from our digital learning models. Drop an email at if you have any queries about your next certification training. Happy Learning!