• Tammy Layman-Hall

3 Quick Tips for Converting ILT to Remote Learning

When the storyteller and the instructional designer collide



With the pandemic setting up longer social distancing and isolation times, I'm getting requests for virtual summer camps for my kids. Their live, in-person, instructor-led content is to be delivered virtually. The instructor designer in me, who's been dealing with this very conversion for years, is screaming, STOP! Please, oh, please stop.

1. Educate yourself.

Take a class. Learn some base principles, then start to do it. You absolutely cannot do a one-to-one conversion of instructor-led content to virtual delivery. I'll tell you why, but the ATD site will tell you much, much more about why you can't do it.

2. Know the benefits of online learning.

First, you're going to need a lot more content. Second, you're going to need it in a variety of different ways to access it. Because you're going to have to meet your learners where they are at, not where you think they're going to be.


3. Make it engaging with breaks.

Third, well, third, it's a lot harder than you think it is. Suppose you believe you will make interactive, engaging content from your summer camp to online camp, well. In that case, you're up against the biggies. Kids are seasoned consumers for online, virtual content, too. They have interactive books written and programmed by entire ID departments. They are used to coming in and out of content when they want, how they want. There's also the whole accessibility issue, where you need to program what they see, and then, it has to work.


But even more so than that, the screen is what I am trying to take my child away from. I'm not sure that I want to force my kid to sit down at a set time (so you better record it for me) and give them more screen time.

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