VILT stands for virtual instructor-led training. It includes conducting a training program led by an instructor over a learning management system (most ideally). As a result, VILT environments simulate traditional classroom scenarios and their supporting elements.
In light of the current situation, maintaining social distance and avoiding public gatherings is critical. What was once considered a good alternative to traditional instructor-led practices is now the only option available. After all, training and development are considered key players in helping a wide demographic of employees apply the concept of working from home successfully and subsequently revive a faltering economy in the coming periods.
Why Invest in VILT?
Supports Social Distancing
Under normal circumstances, social distancing is a concept unheard of. However, these are not normal circumstances and social distancing is an unfortunate reality. The ramifications of conducting traditional ILT-based events in light of the current crisis are severe, even posing several health safety and judicial concerns. ILT and its allied concepts cannot be practised to safeguard human life and avoid offences.
VILT is the only available viable solution. Trainers and student interactions are still possible albeit over a learning management assisted by eLearning courses. In many ways, introducing and centralizing VILT as a standard training format will bring many advantages as well, and this is something businesses will realize as they start embracing VILT.
Is Cost-Effective to Invest in VILT
Traditional instructor-led training (ILT) activities involve physical trainers, travelling learners, and cost of the venue. Some additional costs are those of energy, time, and efforts of those who attend, plan, and conduct the activity. With so many associated costs involved, ILT sessions are considered cost-intensive activities. Moreover, the extensive nature of planning and organizing an ILT session discourages organizations from hosting the same session once again.
On the contrary, VILT sessions are conducted over learning management systems. This means the cost of traveling trainers and learners, and the cost of renting a venue are avoided. In fact, training once conducted over the LMS is also recorded for future use which makes VILT sessions an overall cost-effective option.
Is Scalable in Nature
The limitations of ILT also extends to its highly static nature. Once a venue and budget for traveling learners are finalized, it is very difficult to account for additional learners because of the limited seating capacity of the venue and mode of transport. However, VILT is scalable, additional learners are included in the training program by simply purchasing additional webinar seats which in most cases are unlimited. Conducting an expensive ILT for just a few learners makes no sense. On the other hand, the number of learners attending a VILT session is not a problem. In most cases, the resources needed to host the training is the same.
Scalability of VILT is not limited to merely the number of learners or size of the training program. The ability to easily update, renew, and publish course materials makes VILT scalable as well. ILT is a one-time affair in most cases. The ability to update learners or intimate them about new development brought by changes with time is non-existent. VILT, however, can achieve this with ease. Theoretically, VILT once conducted, recorded, and hosted on an LMS can forever be accessed by learners and authors or trainers can update the information within the VILT session if needed.
Increases Productivity and Learner Participation
ILT sessions, because of its archaic practices, has very few benefits to offer. Most people have an active attention span of 15 – 45 minutes at the most. ILT sessions that stretch past the 45-minute mark seldom have any positive effects on the learners. Most training content is not understood or captured by the learner’s faltering attention span. To add to this, ILT cannot be repeated either because of its cost-intensive nature. As a result, learner participation and subsequent productivity are hampered.
Instead, VILT sessions are carried over learning platforms which learners attend from the comfort of their homes. This automatically increases the learner’s attention spans and engagement levels. Most importantly, every session is recorded for learners to access at their preference.
Tracks Learner Performance
ILT sessions are activities where learners are handed paper-based assessments that instructors manually assess at the end of the session. Such practices have long been proven to be inefficient. Moreover, storing these assessments and deriving long-term actionable data from them is difficult and time-consuming. Instead, VILT sessions harness the power of an LMS and are better equipped at conducting assessments and analysing responses to determine the success of training programs. Moreover, these results are stored on the LMS which process the data over extended periods to derive long-term actionable data that L&D teams can use to streamline the development process.
Supports Continuous Training
The ability to conduct ILT is dependent on many external factors which the L&D and learners may have very little control over. For example, the availability of a travelling trainer or the venue itself. Even the ability for all learners to make it to the training venue on a given day is very low, chances are some may never make it for reasons unknown.
However, VILT brings this probability of uncertainty down by more than half by removing more than half of the factors that an L&D team may have very little control over. The need to travel, rent a venue, and accommodate travelling learners is non-existent, thereby simplifying and negating the complicated logistics of hosting an ILT session. This fortifies the fact that VILT is a form of nonstop training which is easy to conduct thanks to fewer variables and barring some major breakdowns, hosting a VILT session with ease, every time, should not pose a challenge.
Increases Diversity and Inclusion
VILT sessions online presence enables a wide group of people to attend training from across the globe. It presents organizations with an assortment of trainers to choose from without worrying about paying for the trainer’s traveling and accommodation costs along with the general training fee. Moreover, training is accessible to people with physical impairments as well which is an added advantage of remote training.
Can We Help You Invest in VILT?
We at eNyota Learning help global organizations to create custom eLearning courses that can be used as a part of their plan to invest in VILT initiatives. These courses can range from simple to complex, and include assessment modules to test the effectiveness of your training programs! To know more, get in touch with us via email or fill a contact form.