A Guide to Training Without Internet Access

Do you struggle with restricted internet access at client delivery sites? Here are 3 suggestions for how to get around a lack of internet in training.

Published on 18 August, 2016 | Last modified on 1 November, 2022

One major obstacle many trainers face when running a session for financial services clients is restricted internet access, both from lack of external connectivity and from restricted bandwidth. Since the financial world is so heavily regulated (with a special focus on cybersecurity these days), many institutions have very conservative rules about who can use their internet connection and when. All too often, that means that a third-party trainer like you can’t connect.

So, what to do when you can’t use the internet at a training client’s location? We’ve got some ideas:

Be Prepared When Training Without Internet Access

Fall Back to the Old Classics

Back in the old days, all training was done without internet. If you can, build your class around activities that get the group working together so that it is less about the presentation materials and more about interaction. For ideas of how to create a more holistic class, check out this on-demand webinar, “How to Deliver Valuable E-Content (And Avoid Shiny New Toy Syndrome).

Come Prepared

Of course, not every training class can be group work and games. Especially in the financial services, a lot of topics require presentations and other materials. Yet often times, institutions not only restrict internet access but also don’t allow software or documents to be downloaded to their systems. When this is the case, make sure you have everything saved onto your computer or a flash drive (although be sure to check with the institution because sometimes outside flash drives are also flagged) and print hard copies for your learners.

Use An Offline App

The best solution is to invest in a content distribution platform that allows you and your learners to work both online and offline. For example, using Mimeo Digital you can upload any piece of content (including Articulate and Captivate files) and distribute to your learners ahead of time. Then, using the Mimeo Digital app, everyone in the class can access the materials digitally even when you are offline.

Although it is always a pain to be cut off from internet, it is not necessarily the kiss of death for your training course. With these options, you can deliver a modern, engaging course even when the Wi-Fi is turned off.

Transitioning To Blended L&D Content

Looking for a digital solution that allows learners to access protected content, offline? Trying to incorporate printed materials with eContent for a blended curriculum? Download our free ebook, Transitioning to Blended L&D Content!

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