Making Training Virtual

About this Learning Experience
So you need to take training online? You have face-to-face instruction and you want to make it virtual and self-paced? The Making Training Virtual online module is a good place to start. 

This module is intended to give a brief overview of online learning and give you the tools you might need to take your in-person training online. In addition, it provides valuable expert-curated resources you can use as you begin to transform your in-person training into an online learning experience. 

This video provides a brief introduction to the Making Training Virtual learning experience. 

Intended Audience
Learning and Development (L&D) — Anyone who works in fields related to employee learning and professional development needs to have an understanding of how learning takes place online (and how that learning is different from face-to-face instruction). This includes curriculum developers, instructional designers, training and development coordinators, and talent managers. L&D professionals need to be flexible and ready to provide training and resources to employees, no matter where they’re working.

Trainers and Teachers — Both classroom teachers and workplace trainers understand processes of learning when it happens face-to-face. Online learning involves a shift in perspective, both in how content is delivered and in how the learner interacts with the content. Taking instructional materials designed for face-to-face instruction and preparing them for use in an online environment is difficult and requires thinking about motivation and engagement in new ways.

Human Resources Professionals — As more and more workplaces embrace flexible work hours, nontraditional workplace environments, and an increasing percentage of remote workers, online training is becoming the norm. Taking legally mandated or industry-specific compliance training online can be a daunting task. HR professionals need to know how to measure the effectiveness of the training both to keep employees safe and to ensure organizations stay in compliance with industry standards and state and federal laws.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the learning experience, you should be able to:

  • Define the key terms related to different modes of online instruction
  • Illustrate the differences between learning in-person and learning online
  • Provide tips for keeping online learners engaged with your content and motivated to learn
  • Explain how assessment can be used to understand the effectiveness of your online training


Approximately 2 hours of instruction to be completed during a 4 week period of time.

This online module provides an asynchronous (does not take place in real-time), self-paced learning experience available 24/7 that allows four weeks for completion. You will engage with self-knowledge checks, videos, and interactive activities designed to bring the content to life in a dynamic, flexible format without the constraints of a scheduled class meeting time.

You will earn a digital badge and non-credit academic certificate upon completion of the online module. Our non-credit academic certificates are designed for professionals who complete a minimum number of equivalent contact hours of online education modules with or without continuing education units (CEUs), in a select topic area.

Included in product

  • Rich Learning Content
  • Interactive activities
  • Expert-curated resources
  • Practical Applications
  • Self-Paced Learning
  • Digital Badge
  • Non-Credit Academic Certificate 


Module Designers/Developers
This module is part of the Center on Education and Training for Employment’s online learning experiences. It was created by Sean Hickey and Dr. Ana-Paula Correia.

An award-winning instructional designer, Hickey is active in the learning-technologies community and has led several talks related to both EdTech/learning technology and learning and development.

Correia has more than 25 years of experience in learning design and instructional systems technology. In particular, her research studies and evidence-based practices in online learning and teaching have been recognized nationally and internationally.