Remote working with IRIS Consulting

While working remotely has become a global trend in our interconnected, mobile society, there are also times when we may find ourselves working remotely out of necessity. Training and learning are part of working life, and can also be undertaken remotely, with many interesting and innovative ways of learning online.

Learning online may be facilitated by:

  • Online courses
  • Webinars
  • Discussion Boards
  • Audio and video talks (such as Ted talks), and
  • Content creation and curation

These are just some of the options available when training and professional development requirements change, and this article will look at some of the best solutions.


Online Courses

Online courses offer an immersive platform to share knowledge that is quite different from traditional face to face training.

Short, targeted work sessions and iterative course content can offer participants an enhanced and optimised learning experience. Graphics, videos, and downloadable content are made available as reference material for each participant, and help to create memory triggers.

The addition of inbuilt, simple and easy to use Discussion Boards and online help from trainers provides both interaction and support.



Webinars, or web-based seminars, can be a good way to deliver presentations, workshops, or talks over the Internet. By using webinar software, trainers can share material with trainees as the training session is being carried out. Instead of providing printouts or downloads, trainers can share documents and other training materials with their learning group during the webinar. Training sessions can also be recorded and distributed after the webinar. An additional benefit to Regional and remote trainees is that webinar software mostly uses less bandwidth than conferencing software, when Internet services are constrained or intermittent.

Although not as interactive as video conferencing or meeting software, webinars provide a strong sense of involvement when training must be delivered remotely. Chat filters and Q&A tools give attendees the opportunity to discuss, respond and ask questions.


Discussion Boards

Social interaction via Discussion Boards gives training participants a further sense of involvement in a remotely delivered training session. Discussion Boards, also known as discussion forums, message boards, and online forums, allow trainees to leave messages and receive replies. It also allows trainees to follow the “discussions” of others by reading their messages and responses. Discussion Boards can also help trainers to conduct assessments by seeking responses to set questions from trainees. 

In this way conversation is simulated in situations where face-to-face discussion has not been possible, and a further sense of involvement is experienced by people taking part in the training. In addition, trainees can have a conversation with each other as if they were together in a face to face training session.


Content creation and curation

Creating subject ideas and information for an audience of trainees is another support for remote working and learning.

Resources in the form of blogs, audio-visual, infographic or other “bite-sized” content can offer those at work or in training a choice of ways to access the content that supports their activities.

Great content available to participants via websites, feeds and social platforms adds up to communication in a place where it is easy to feel isolated, especially if you are new to online working and learning. 


FIND OUT MORE about remote working and learning with IRIS Consulting. Our unique business offers remote support for your organisation through the IRIS Business Hub with a choice of eBIZ packages to tailor to your needs, and our famous face-to-face training courses and workshops, which are also supported by several online training courses. Go to the IRIS website to discover digital content to underpin your remote working needs, including the IRIS Help Desk and Resources page. 


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