VIRTUAL INSTRUCTOR-LED TRAINING IN A WORLD OF SOCIAL DISTANCING.

As South Africans prepare for a third wave of COVID 19 and harsher restrictions, one thing that you do not want to be worrying about is delivering training to your employees.

Virtual instructor-led training, or VILT, is a live learning session conducted via a Virtual Classroom. An experience not dissimilar from a virtual meeting, but far more structured, allowing you to deliver training to your remote workforce entirely in the cloud.

Though online, learners can still benefit from a hands-on learning experience that improves knowledge retention.

In this article, we will discuss the benefits of Virtual Instructor-Led Training and give some advice to consider when converting ILT to VILT.

THE BENEFITS OF VIRTUAL INSTRUCTOR-LED TRAINING

Once you have mastered the technology, Virtual Instructor-Lead Training will be easier, cheaper, and as effective as traditional, in class training.

Virtual Instructor-Led Training is the perfect way to teach your remote employees in a world of social distancing and COVID restrictions.

Great Savings: As with E-Learning, there are no costs for venue hire, lunches, snacks, coffees or print outs.

Get Going Quickly: E-Learning development takes time and money to develop, but saves you tons of facilitation time once developed. With VILT on the other hand,  you will be able to deliver your current Instructor-Led Training quite quickly, with only a minor amount of tweaking.

Flexible: Deliver training to large disbursed groups easily (just keep an eye on the load shedding schedule – sigh).

Can be Blended: Use VILT in conjunction with your LMS and include online assessments (automatic marking), surveys, downloadable documents and forums. You can also SCORM wrap past events and make these available as “Video Podcasts”.

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN DELIVERING VIRTUAL INSTRUCTOR-LED TRAINING

Preparation is key when running a live learning training programme. Make sure that you have all of your presentations, videos, polls and exercises planned out in advance so that the course runs as smooth as possible on the day.

It is important that you are familiar with your Virtual Classrooms interface and the available features. For example, if you want to split your class into smaller groups to complete group activities, your Virtual Classroom must have the ability to create breakaway rooms. As mentioned earlier planning is so important, so consider having the groups planned out before the session.

If you are running the Virtual Instructor-Led Training session via your Learner Management System. Ensure that any blended or supplementary material, including group activity documents or take-home manuals, E-Learning courses or Assessments have been installed and configured up front. This is where the advice of a willing and helpful service provider can make the world of difference.     

Decide on a learner interaction strategy, how are you going to handle learner questions?.

If you have a small, informal class, you may wish to run the session in a similar format to a normal VC meeting, meaning all microphones are left on and learners can interact freely during the session.

For larger groups however, you may wish to mute microphones to avoid interruption or delays. If this is the case you could use a messaging board for learners to post queries, or allow learners to change their status to ‘confused’ or ‘hands up’ if they have a question. You must decide before hand if you are going to address questions as and when they arise or at the end of the session. Either way, I strongly recommend enlisting an assistant to help you consolidate questions that have been posted on the messaging boards and to keep an eye on participant status while you facilitate. Trust me, it will make your life much easier.

Lastly, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. It’s easy to become flustered when your dog starts barking like a lunatic, or when your two-year-old gains access to your room while you’re presenting. Laugh it off and give everyone a ten-minute break while you recoup. We all have our ‘new normal’ horror stories.

IN CONCLUSION

Virtual Instructor-Led Training is a great, cost effective and quick way to deliver more traditional training online. You certainly do not have to reinvent the wheel.

It is important that you have the support and advice of your technology service provider especially for your first few attempts.

Contact us If you need any help in converting your Instructor-Led Training to Virtual Instructor-Led Training.

Did I mention that Phoenix LMS from LearnTech comes out of the box with a fully functional Virtual Classroom? Because Phoenix LMS has a fully functional Virtual Classroom😉.

 

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