This has been for obvious reasons a hot topic over the last weeks in all conversations and planning for many. But for us at Osaango, it has been the "usual" or as usual as onsite for a few years now. We've delivered training and consulting with various methods to all corners of the world and time zones, from self-service, to collaborative to full strategy, product development and ideation workshops. Just this week I had a pleasure of comparing notes with a Googler who had to switch his customer training on the suddenly fully online. See the "Tools" section at the bottom of this post for links to helpful offers from Google, Osaango and other companies to get you setup for online.
Over the years I've heard over and over again how agile experts, trainers and consultants including their customers believe that the secret to great workshops, training or agile projects is in co-location. "Anything worth doing requires to have all participants physically present. "
But guess what. Even in a normal situation this is not always feasible, nor necessary. At least, when using the right tools and methods.
Many successful companies do at least 80% of their work, even development and training remotely. Many open source/community projects include people who have never seen each other. Of course, this is not ideal, since a lot of the trust and understanding between people still needs talking, listening and even showing.
Technical tools are there to help, but you need to know how to use them. And choose the correct, tool.
Facilitating workshops, helping people communicate and create and work on new ideas is not easy at best of times. The more diverse group and innovative topic, the more you need to be a professional in facilitation or training, especially in online settings.
Using various methods imposing cognitive dissonance and constructivist teaching methods like problem-based learning, opposite thinking, group work with break out rooms and educational theories and methods is crucial. Being able to use the proper tools from
Tools to try - but mind your methods, too
Luckily Google is one of the companies offering extra help to their customers with COVID-19, opening up their premium tools for more effective online meetings and events https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2020/03/enabling-hangouts-meet-premium-features.html. Asana has also announced that they are providing support for non-profit groups that are helping in virus-related efforts. We at Osaango are extending our Osaango Academy for for selected organizations needing an online training platform for their customers or employees.
We have done virtual workshops in Osaango. You could use things like VR chat for example, but use of full VR needs people who already have devices and know already how to use them. There are other solutions that work with multiple devices. If you'd like to know more on how to use them effectively and what would be a good match to your needs and methods Book 30 min online consultation with us.
If the purpose is to be very efficient (even when being very creative) in collaboration and allow people with various skill sets to participate easily, there are much better ways and tools to do it than VR. Just use online meeting tool like Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams or Zoom together with your normal online shared office documents. The trick is not with the tools, but how you facilitate the workshops or plan the learning (not training).
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