Virtual instructor-led training is a great way to train employees in a virtual-classroom setting. It’s all about saving costs of time, efforts, and money. However, getting it right is important because an ill-executed VILT session is no better. Moreover, it may also put off your learners from attending future sessions. Hence, execution is critical and so we have put together five tips on successfully developing and executing a good VILT session.
Here are 5 Tips to Keep in Mind When Planning a VILT Session:
A VILT session can mean a literal ILT session hosted over a learning management system or webinar tool. Subsequently, It can also be more than just an evolved form of ILT. It is your call to make, and whatever the call may be, you need to define a set of goals that the VILT session must accomplish.
Goals can revolve around the outcomes of the training or even the kind of training you want to deliver. Goals are defined for the course curriculum or even the design of the eLearning courses being used. Setting a goal for any of the supporting functions of VILT in advance helps give shape to your program. It also allows you to deliver a session with greater results.
Some other goals to set when planning VILT are:
- What should all learners leave the session with?
- Who are the type of learners that must attend the session?
- Is the use of eLearning media heavy or minimal?
- Should it simply simulate a traditional classroom, or should it be unique because VILT offers the chance to do so.
Defining goals in advance will help you plan a good VILT session. So, take the time to think it through and define goals to work towards.
Select the Right Platform and Partner
VILT is carried out over a digital platform. The two most common options are webinar tools or an LMS integrated with webinar tools. Under simple circumstances, a webinar may just do the job. However, for corporate training, a webinar is just too basic. Corporate training requires the prowess of a learning management system integrated with a webinar tool.
Such LMSes allows you send invitations, set calendar reminders, take attendance, generate reports, conduct webinars, and most importantly support the training in three essential stages.
The three stages of VILT are:
Learners access the LMS for pre-training content and introductory topics in this stage. It’s the best way to get up to date on the basics of a subject allowing the trainer leading the session to quickly jump into the core of the training without spending precious energy or concentration on explaining basics.
VILT allows trainers to push supporting content while the training program is underway. Trainers share links, PDFs, documents, audio, or any other media with learners to deliberate on topics. It can even be a small presentation or a group of slides to engage learners midway through the training program.
An LMS is perfect for conducting assessments and providing analytics to trainers. These reports help trainers understand if learners successfully understood the training or is more training needed. Analytics helps trainers to plan future programs and make changes to existing ones to increase participation and learner outcomes, thus making the training program a success.
Include Engaging eLearning Media
Instructor-led training can seem plain and uninspiring because of the lack of engaging media used to capture the learner’s imagination. This, however, is not the case with VILT. An LMS with VILT allows trainers to host engaging eLearning media on the LMS for learners to access. In most cases, this content can touch upon areas that the actual trainer may not want to, either because of the shortage of time and learner attention spans or the complexity of the subject being so high that supporting images and media together are needed to explain the topic.
As discussed earlier, VILT are generally broken into three components, all of which require eLearning and supporting media to a certain degree. As a result, well-designed media will do great justice in such instances.
Integrate Polls and Surveys into VILT Programs
VILT sessions present a great opportunity to integrate polls and surveys aimed at learners. It encourages them to share ideas and opinions on what they feel about the training received. These opinions are crucial to trainers looking to improve future training sessions and even help current learners with problems they may be facing.
Polls and surveys are great at engaging learners as well. Placing them strategically at intervals in the training program gives learners a chance to interact with the training program and re-engages those that may have lost track of the training.
The LMS stores surveys and responses collected during VILTs for future reference, unlike the paper-based surveys carried out during regular ILT. Moreover, trainers do not have to compile the answers to derive meaning as the LMS’s analytics engine compiles them.
Integrate Mandatory Q&A Sessions
Like regular ILT, VILT must also make space for trainer and learner interactions in the form of Q&A because such interactions are what makes ILT sessions a learner’s preferred training activity. However, VILT allows for greater possibilities as compared to ILT. Learners can drop questions to the trainer during VILT sessions which are stored and replied to by the trainer personally either during or after the training session. The fact that trainers can respond to every question is what makes VILT better than regular ILT where the shortage of time may not permit the trainer to address every question.
Hence, Q&A segments are an integral part of the VILT session, and you must make space to account for such an activity to ensure that learners get a chance to interact with trainers and work on solving doubts.
Can We Help Plan Your VILT Program?
Yes! eNyota Learning has over 13 years of experience in working with organizations to set up and launch their VILT programs. If your organization is looking for the best VILT solutions, reach us via email or fill a contact form and we’ll reach out to you!