Dreams do come true! Your employees wish (even if they don’t say it out loud) that somehow they could stay at home and attend the training sessions. Some wish that if only there was a way to attend training that wouldn’t require them to take time away from work. And the L&D side of the story, you already know, wishes for improved training ROI in a budget-friendly manner. Isn’t it? Well, Genie said your wish is my command and presented the innovative, effective Virtual Instructor-led Training (VILT) method. The basic idea is apparent in the name itself, but in this blog post, we’ll delve deep into the details to offer you more clarity and reason to opt for VILT. Let’s start!
Have You Tried Virtual Instructor-led Training (VILT) Yet?
Here are the top 4 advantages to convince why you should:
- Facilitates convenience and flexibility
- Ensures cost-effectiveness
- Allows greater accessibility and audience reach
- Promotes improved and easy collaborations
The Essence of Virtual Instructor-led Training
Virtual Instructor-led Training is a great way to deliver training to your employees remotely by using online technology. It allows learners to participate in live, interactive sessions with the instructor from the comfort of their own homes, thereby eliminating the need for physical travel. VILT utilizes virtual meeting platforms and other tools to facilitate real-time communication and collaboration, making it an effective and convenient alternative to traditional in-person training.
With Virtual Instructor-led Training, learners have the opportunity to engage with the instructor and their peers, ask questions, and participate in discussions and activities in real-time, just like they would in a physical classroom setting. Therefore, VILT is an increasingly popular choice for organizations looking to upskill their employees and improve their knowledge and skills while also saving time and resources.
So let’s take a look at the top four advantages of VILT in corporate training that augment its efficiency and contribute to its popularity among L&D experts and training facilitators.
4 Eminent Advantages of Virtual Instructor-led Training (VILT) in Corporate Training
Facilitates Convenience and Flexibility
Gone are the days when our parents used to tell us stories of traveling miles just to gain a piece of information. In today’s digital, innovative world, imagine being asked to travel just for training purposes. Your employees might comply, but it would certainly impact their zeal and enthusiasm, thereby affecting the training effectiveness. It doesn’t always have to be this difficult.
Virtual Instructor-led Training offers convenience and flexibility as it enables the learners to attend and participate in the training session from anywhere digitally. This synchronous learning format eliminates the need for physical travel, saving learners precious time and money. Even better, VILT can also be scheduled at a time that is convenient for both the instructor and the learners, allowing learners to fit training into their busy schedules.
As the employees can attend the training in a more flexible and relaxed manner, it improves their retention and engagement rate, which further boosts their productivity and performance. These aspects positively influence the training ROI and contribute toward achieving the business goals.
Training employees is a costly and time-consuming affair. Classroom training involves having a designated venue, training material, a reputed instructor, and, let’s not forget refreshments. All these elements form an integral part of offline training and, at the same time, add to a handsome budget expense. Virtual Instructor-led Training is more cost-effective than instructor-led training (ILT) as it cuts down on most of these expensive facilities while accomplishing the learning objectives successfully.
VILT ensures cost-effectiveness in a number of ways. For starters, it eliminates the need for learners to travel to a physical location for training, saving the cost of travel and accommodation. Further, it reduces the need for physical training materials and other aids, such as handouts, charts, worksheets, etc., which can be expensive to produce and equally hectic and hefty to distribute. You can simply incorporate various interactivities like audio, animations, video, etc., in a click. Moreover, you can make use of different features such as polls, online chats, breakout rooms, and other activities offered by online platforms to engage learners. Here’s the best part, Virtual Instructor-led Training enables you to bring in expert instructors from anywhere in the world.
Allows Greater Accessibility and Audience Reach
In-person training can be effective, but it has a downside when it comes to catering to the global and remote workforce. It fails to strike a balance between being budget-friendly and attending to the learning needs of the employees working remotely. On the other hand, Virtual Instructor-led Training allows you to reach employees anywhere in the world.
You don’t need to worry about making arrangements for a large-scale audience, and your employees don’t have to be stressed about making a trip. So, it’s a win-win! VILT enables you to reach and deliver the training to a larger number of employees at the same time.
Promotes Improved and Easy Collaborations
Finding an expert who understands and does justice to the learning objectives can be strenuous. Can there be anything more nerve-wracking? Of course! Finding the expert, but they live miles away. Well, think of the time, effort, planning, and cost involved in making it all work.
To make things simple and feasible, Virtual Instructor-led Training facilitates easy collaborations as it leverages virtual meeting platforms and their features to foster synchronized interaction and communication. This motivates learners to engage and participate with the facilitator and their colleagues. The facilitator can include various attributes like conducting polls, initiating chat, flashcards, animations, etc., to boost learner participation and interest. Such activities keep the learners away from boredom and break the one-way mode of instruction, thereby maximizing the effectiveness of corporate training.
To Sum It Up!
Virtual Instructor-led Training (VILT) is a game-changer in the world of corporate training. It offers convenience, flexibility, cost-effectiveness, accessibility, and the ability to facilitate easy collaborations. With VILT, organizations can provide high-quality training to their employees anywhere in the world. So why not put the traditional training methods on hold and embrace the virtual revolution? Make the shift from ILT to VILT count. Check out our webinar recording now to gain actionable insights!