On the trainees’ side, distance learning requires pre-requisites such as a personal computer, internet devices, a built-in camera, a microphone, a secured connection and bandwidth in order to participate.
On the instructor’s side, Airbus has adapted the environment with tailored hardware. “We now have a separate large TV display showing all the faces of the trainees so that valuable non-verbal communication cues are not lost,” says Wong.
In addition, course content, assessment methods and rules of interaction are developed specifically for the remote learning environment.
“We set ground rules for interactions initiated by instructor and those initiated by trainees,” says Wong. “Quizzes have become an important way to gauge trainee progress. We also found that having a ‘helper’ to take care of the administrative issues made a great difference. It minimised the instructor’s workload.”
The relationship between instructor and trainees is equally important in creating trust and confidence and makes the learning experience an enjoyable and fruitful one.
The full list of e-learnings and virtual classroom courses can be consulted via the Learning Management System (LMS). Additional courses will be added over time.