The New Norm: Learning Virtually
With the sudden spike nowadays in everything virtual, according to Training Industry, there has been an 8,135% increase in search interest on topics related to Virtual Instructor-led Training (VILT), remote working, and leading through adversity and change.
Showing a strong correlation between virtual solutions and working under the current circumstances, where millions of people are working from home around the world, executives are taking every possible step to mitigate the losses they are facing and come up with all possible alternatives when making their business decisions.
No doubt that some of the reached alternatives will become part of our new normal after the pandemic ends. Great success has been reached within several virtual communication solutions. Learning options within organizations already started taking new form, which were already available, yet within the current context, their presence got highly empowered.
Adopting a virtual instructor-led training strategy proved its efficiency and success. VILT became very popular due to its various benefits.
Without the time and location restrictions of the traditional classroom, learners can engage and interact with their peers, while absorbing the maximum content. Not every leaner is the same and virtual classrooms allow each employee to learn at his own pace. Where VILT caters to different learning styles, learners can easily acquire new skills and knowledge by choosing their preferred learning styles.
- Cost Efficiency
Eliminating the cost of travelling, venue rental expenses and other admin costs, makes VILT a cost effective option, enabling employees to attend the needed training for their development with no location barriers. Each learner has access to quality advice from experts across different platforms, with the least cost and effort.
- Ability to track and measure success
It has always been a challenge to track and measure the training content impact and success on the learners. Blending e-learning with ILT the training success could be easily measured, while tracking leaner’s engagement level and progress.
- Blending different learning styles
There are different learning tools that could be used during VILT, creating an immersive learning experience, including role playing, virtual library, return to e-learning platform to practice new acquired skills, interactive video simulation, and more. Beside many other ways to interact in virtual classrooms through chat and rating features, as well as social learning to help learners engage and connect. It also allows learners who may not be as comfortable with interacting in-person an opportunity to contribute.
- Suitable for high risk jobs
It is an effective training approach for high risk jobs, requiring fast knowledge transfer, with minimum disruption and maximum convenience. Human interaction is important for learning but this interaction does not have to be face to face. Switch to VILT and you will quickly realize that it was well worth it.