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Bringing the Classroom to the Learner – A Case for Virtual Instructor Led Training

Bringing the Classroom to the Learner – A Case for Virtual Instructor Led Training

Home and remote working was on the rise before the Corona pandemic and all current predictions are that this will continue to be this case even when normality (whatever that will be) is restored. The organisational requirement to support and develop people is now more important than ever. Keeping people connected and developing the skills and behaviours required to thrive in the new business landscape are of strategic importance.

How can this problem be solved in the immediate and long term future?

While E-learning and webinars are elements of a blended approach, we feel that the richest learning that results in real change occurs face to face. Current social distancing restrictions and the longer term trend towards increased home working shouldn’t cause despair. Our recent experience tells us that bringing the classroom to the learner is not only possible, it can be an effective part of a sustainable and successful long term learning strategy. After you have read the article we want you to consider how virtual instructor led training (ViLT) could be used to enhance the skills of your people and speak to us about how we can help.

Yes but is it really a replacement for face to face training?

The feedback we have received from participants in our ViLT sessions is completely aligned with the data collected by Training.  The developments in technology of learning platforms allow a skilled facilitator to recreate the full spectrum of class room interactions allowing for full participation,  and make the sessions effective and fun.  Specific functionality varies across the platforms but the following features are typically available on most of the technologies that we have experienced directly (Adobe Connect, Zoom, WebEx, Teams.)

  • Video and audio interaction
  • Emoticons
  • Q and A
  • Content sharing
  • Whiteboards
  • Centralised and 1:1 chat
  • Break-out rooms
  • File sharing
  • Polling
  • Screen sharing and annotation

This wide variety of interactive techniques allows for activities such as small group work, team discussion, role play, brainstorming and collaboration to happen seamlessly. With well-designed content and skilfully facilitated interaction these ViLT sessions are as engaging, if not more engaging, than classroom delivered training. This lends itself to training in both behavioural and technical skills.

Yes but is it really a replacement for face to face training?

The benefits to the organisation and learners are multiple.  The costs of training are significantly reduced.  There are of course no venue costs or travel costs.  Disruption to BAU is minimal as each session lasts no more than 90 minutes and for training made up of multiple sessions normally no more than 2 sessions per day.  There is of course no travel to and from the training either.  The sessions can normally be recorded so this allows learners to revisit content and organisations to ‘inspect quality’. Lower costs and maintained richness of learning mean a far higher return on your investment.  What’s not to love?

Get in touch to find out how we can help you bring the virtual classroom to your learners.