Training in the time of COVID
Spent the past 2 days doing virtual training for work over Zoom. Normally this training would take 2-3 days in person with a lot of interactive work and time spent asking questions. 8-4:30 was our schedule this week and it was brutal.
Originally I thought this would be a pretty comfortable training. No company Polo's and all that jazz, just a sweatshirt and shorts with my feet kicked up. We were told to keep the camera's on and I didn't mind that all too much. Just sitting here, doing nothing but listening and performing a few interactive things was not fun at all. I learned a bit, but trying to ask questions was the worst.
The lag, oh the lag. I would ask a question, wait 5-7 seconds and get an answer. If I heard someone ask a question and wanted to agree, or add onto it, I was stepping over the presenters response to which then I would stop, then he would stop and it was a clusterfuck of conversation. It happened with everyone, and it was even worse when we were questioned. Know how folks can shake their heads to agree with a presenter? They can't see that when your screen lags. So we'd have 30 seconds of silence waiting for someone to unmute and say "Yes" or "No" to a rhetorical question.
Honestly, I'm glad I got the training and did learn a lot. But missing that in person connection is tough. Plus the free lunches and dinners paid for by work would have been nice. Ah well, I'm hopefully getting my shot soon so travel can come back!
@rctothefuture Try being the teacher, and the kids aren't being paid, so they don't have their cameras on or respond at all. I'm so glad I'm done with that crap.
@shop-teacher I felt bad for the presenter, because his training style is very much walk around the room and point people out. Doing that with lag in Zoom was not working for him.
I've got a few good friends who do Zoom teaching and they say it's pretty much them talking and hoping the kids listen. Insane to me, and I feel awful for everyone going through it.
It is funny though, my Fiancee has friends who teach English in China still and everything they do is virtual still. Those kids are on, cameras on, they respond almost instantly and want to spend extra time after class for 1 on 1 discussion so they can better understand the material. I'm sure most teachers would kill for that.
I'm sure most teachers would kill for that.
Hell yeah we would!
Like your presenter, my teaching style is very conversational, and it just doesn't work remotely. And honestly, that's only when I'm talking to the whole class, which is a small percentage of the in person time. Most of the time the kids are working, not listening to me jaw.
@rctothefuture I would love to answer your question, but that would mean unmuting my microphone, and that's just too much work.
Try being the teacher, and the kids aren't being paid, so they don't have their cameras on or respond at all.
You need a hype man
@forsweden My district is back in person, so no need now. I'll keep that in mind for the next global pandemic.
Exage03040 last edited by Exage03040
Yeah, my experience taking certification was that all of us kept muted and the instructor basically laid out the stuff we were to study. Then we went 1 on 1 with him as he went down the list of attendees. He would ask if anyone wanted to chime in after a particular interaction.
The worst I found was the people that would forget to mute their mics after and you have the echo or hear their background crap. It was probably the quickest a painless way of doing it.
I can't imagine trying to do real time learning with some program or something. I'd completely lose it at the slow and million question people.
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You should try teaching trumpet lessons over Zoom sometime.
@ttyymmnn That's a kind of hell I couldn't imagine...
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Just sitting here, doing nothing but listening and performing a few interactive things was not fun at all.
Me when I look back at the past 12 months of online school...
Looking back, I realize that being in a classroom is vital for my ability to focus and learn and socialize. As @Shop-Teacher said, most classes weren't the teacher prattling on and us taking notes. They'd do some talking, hand out an assignment (something you simply cannot do over Zoom), and then keep up some side-convo about something else as we did our work. Being home and watching a Zoom is basically just watching a YouTube video to me, which is something I do a lot more than I should these days (in other words, it's just a different flavor of the same thing, and none of it's exciting).
I'll miss going into classrooms and seeing friends. Even the simplest thing as greeting my deskmates... damn... now I'm a little nostalgic and sad...