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September 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm #140241
We provide training to over 2200 employees across the state of Montana and we’re having some difficulty getting the word out to those in rural areas. We provide the HR specialist with information, but it’s not always relayed to the rest of the workforce. Any ideas? Our trainers travel 8 hours to these locations and we need at least 20 people to attend to make it worth the trip.
September 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm #140257
you may consider leveraging technology both to get the word out and to provide the training itself. Email messages can be sent out to the Agency heads and/or managers with requests to forward them to all employees. The training sessions can also be provided to multiple locations simutaneously using just a laptop with internet access.
September 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm #140255
The problem we have is with technology. We have many rural employees who are using dial up still and have very poor internet access, so many don’t check their emails. We could send emails out to all employees, but we need another way to connect with them. That’s the issue that we’re coming across. Otherwise, GoToMeeting and other webinar tools would be great, they’re just at a disadvantage with the availability of internet services.
September 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm #140253
Dianne Floyd SuttonParticipant
I have read all the suggestions and all are good. I am also familar with training in the state of of Montana. Try mailing out monthly flyers to the various offices or maybe flyers every 3 to 6 months advertizing your offerings to top management and your HR reps and/or participants from previous workshops. See how many people you can get linked into govloop as an orgaanizational group to get the word out.
Hope this helps your creative juices!!!!!
September 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm #140251
I just learned about authorSTREAM from a fellow trainer yesterday. I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but apparently you can record both video and slides for free.
I’d also recommend podcasting using tools like Talkshoe and Blog Talk Radio – you call into a phone line to host a conversation, which can be recorded and made available for sharing and download. Of course, you could also mail out the slides/manuals in advance and just walk them through the material by phone (which, at least on your end, could be recorded with these tools and captured for future sessions).
September 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm #140249
P.S. It also sounds like it might not only be awareness that leads to low numbers. Is there an incentive that you could offer people to encourage higher participation rates?
September 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm #140247
Well as it is part of their career ladder and if they want to be elligible for better jobs in the future, that’s a bit of an incentive. Thanks for you ideas. I’ll check them out. Our biggest hurdle for online is the internet; many of these areas are still on dial-up and have limited bandwidth.
September 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm #140245
Thanks for you ideas! I try to do as much as I can without using paper, but I think in this situation, since technology isn’t really much of an option, we’ll have to go that route. Thanks!!!
October 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm #140243
Just coming back to this forum as I am using it as an example for a presentation…the key with the AuthorSTREAM is that you can produce it for free then distribute it in more traditional ways (i.e. by DVD). As for Talkshoe/BlogTalkRadio, it’s all phone-based. Everyone calls into a common number…but the beauty is that you can record it from your location, then it’s available in a digital format…which can be distributed in traditional ways. In other words, no one in the field needs to have solid Internet access – just you. And that increases your options for producing and sharing digital content to the dispersed locations.
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