There are plenty of people who have decided that the online, virtual learning options are a better choice. At the same time, there are plenty of people who insist learning together, live, in-person is better.
What works best for you? Are you committed to only one path?
First, let me clarify that the discussion here is related to adult education, not K-12, or not necessarily a traditional post-secondary education.
In the workplace, how is your team learning?
Are they doing it together or more isolated?
Is time a factor? Can everyone participate in training at the same time or are staggered options more attractive?
When someone reads word for word from the slide deck is that a waste of time? You’ve granted them your attention, would it better to just read it yourself?
Most online platforms allow breakout rooms? Do these work for bringing thoughts, ideas, and interaction forward? They can.
Are you able to learn together whether you are on-line or in-person? What about asynchronous learning versus synchronous learning?
Learning together is a powerful option. So is instructor or facilitator led development.
There is power to connection. Power to group interaction, decision by consensus, and synchronized brainstorming.
People may have changed some of their habits. Habits about a movie theater or watching at home. Habits about eating out or cooking in, and even habits about how they will choose to socialize.
Is there still power to learning together. I think so.
Like most things in life, there is more than one way to do it.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.