In a previous blog we looked at a few possible ways to deliver training:
- Instructor-led Training (ILT)
- Virtual Instructor-led Training (VILT)
- Video Learning System (VLS)
- Computer-based Training (CBT)
- Web-based Training (WBT)
- Combinations of above
In today’s blog, we will take a quick look at the various benefits and limitations of each type.
|Instructor-Led Training (ILT)|
Best for Concept and skills training
- Gain from questions asked by others: The learners receive additional knowledge through explanations given by the instructor while resolving questions on-the-spot.
- Participate in group discussions: The learners can brainstorm and clarify their understanding of the subject with others.
- Evaluation: The instructor can evaluate the learners’ levels of understanding and provide coaching and support.
- Synchronous: The learners and the instructor are in face-to-face contact with each other.
- Query resolution: The instructor can resolve the queries and doubts of the learners during the instruction.
- Fast and Flexible: For both delivery and development.
- Easily Updatable
- Instructor-paced: Typically, younger learners move through content at a faster pace than older learners.
- Limited Scalability
|Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)|
- Basic training
- A component of ILT
- Facts, procedures, or basic skills training
- Classrooms anywhere
- Synchronous (instructor and learner)
- Less expensive
- Easy to deploy and maintain
- Can record sessions
- Easy edits/modifications to content
- Self-paced, reuse, reference
- Network traffic – slow, unpredictable
- Learner motivation may be problematic, since engagement more difficult
|Video Learning System (VLS)|
Best suited for informational, inspirational, and procedural content or if action is required to teach content (exercise videos; driver’s education)
- Flexible (on demand)
- No student interaction
- Content updating impossible
|Computer-Based Training (CBT)|
Best suited for Subjects in which elaborate multimedia elements are required to facilitate learning.
- Self-paced: The learners can set their own pace.
- Time and place flexibility: The learners can access the CBT at their own pace and time.
- Simulation: Real-life environment can be simulated to teach the learners.
- Asynchronous – One-way – The learners and the instructor do not interact face-to-face.
- Monotonous – Learning through a CBT might become monotonous, and the learner may lose interest.
- Content updating not possible:After you deliver a CBT to the learners, the content cannot be updated.
|Web-Based Training (WBT)|
Best suited for:
- When the learners are globally scattered
- Where the content requires frequent updates.
- Updating content is easy: The content in a WBT can be easily updated by the instructor.
- Chat forums & Email facility: Facilities such as chat forums and e-mail can be incorporated in a WBT. This enables the learners to clarify their questions.
- Links to relevant sites: Links to relevant sites on the Internet can be provided in a WBT. This enables the useful “reference feature” of the WBT medium.
- Global accessibility: A WBT is cost-effective when the learners are scattered all over the globe.
- Bandwidth limitations: Due to bandwidth limitations, elaborate graphics, audio, video, and animation should be avoided.
- Browser limitations: Many Internet browsers do not support certain sites.