The traditional form of training is Instructor-Led Training (ILT). It allows learners to interact with an instructor and with other learners, to ask questions, get instant feedback, and to get enough practice under the expert guidance of an instructor. Let’s look at the benefits of instructor led trainings to the trainer or organization.
Advantages of ILT to the Trainer or Organization
ILTs bring powerful benefits to the organization in terms of sheer effectiveness.
1. The instructor can change direction as needed, especially if the learners find any topic particularly tough. Also, if learners go off tangent, the instructor can bring them back on course easily.
2. The instructor can accommodate unique cases/custom requirements by stretching the scope if required.
3. Face-to-face interactions enable connections between people – and people are powerful enablers of learning. This is especially true in the context of shared learning, which is an essential characteristic of a classroom environment.
4. Instructor feedback can help improve course materials. Based on the kind of questions learners ask in a session, the instructor can provide valuable recommendations and suggestions to the developers of the course materials on what kind of further inputs should be included. This feedback is important for the course to be continuously improved. While participants do provide their feedback; missing gaps can be spotted only by the instructors, making ILTs an invaluable resource to the organization.
5. Almost 70% of information is carried inside the heads of experienced instructors. Classroom sessions are a great way of tapping this wealth of information.
Although technology-based training is becoming increasingly popular, Learning and Development experts are emphatic in their opinion that it will never completely replace classroom training. Most organizations today continue to use classroom training components alongside an increasing amount of eLearning.