The Significance of Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)
Imagine, if you will, the future of training facilities. A place where blackboards are no longer needed, uncomfortable desks aren’t mandatory, and flickering fluorescent lights don’t distract. Lucky for us, this future already exists. VILT is a convenient and immediate method for workforce and client training. Why is it so significant? Let’s take a look.
Live training in action
Effective trainers are already skilled in the nuances of solid training for:
- New employees
- Product launches
- Compliance updates
- New technology
- Continuing education
However, over the last few years, we have all seen a change in how and where we work. This shift has significantly impacted how companies train their employees and clients. Video interactions are now the norm.
The new challenge for VILT trainers is converting previous knowledge into a new way of presenting it. This evolution means understanding video technology, knowing the video training materials, and how to present effectively. While individual training methods may vary, a few of the cornerstones for impactful virtual training are:
- Concise and interesting 30-60 min presentations
- Helpful breakout sessions for learner bonding
- Balance of graphics and text, uncrowded slides
- Encouragement of information sharing
- Time for interactive Q&A
- Recordings for those who were absent
Virtual training taking hold
As time passes and digital interactions continue, the VILT world is adapting well. Through digital means, trainers are providing consistent curricula and platforms. These tools make it easier for trainers to evaluate the impact of lessons and the ability to alter them accordingly.
For trainees, studies show people prefer to learn at their own pace no matter where they work. The ability to learn anywhere and at any time is significant for learners. Other advantages include the following:
- Immediate feedback for tests and small exams
- Knowledge retention through the ability to review multiple times
- Improved technology skills with digital/video interactions
- Social learning and collaboration between learners
Do you know who really loves virtual training? Organizations. Why? Two words: time and money. VILT involves less travel, simultaneous trainings, repeatable sessions, fewer printed materials, etc. VILT has opened the door for cost-effective learning, and employers always favor saving a few dollars.
A common theme in the last few years is adaptability. As companies see more than a few curveballs, ingenuity and technology have come to the rescue. VILT is no exception. The ability to mass-educate employees and clients greatly benefits both parties and provides a strong foundation for future growth. What will the future hold for VILT? I’m not sure, but I bet I can learn about it from my chosen tropical beach.