We all love videos but hate trainings, especially when they are long, one-sided and bombarded with repetitive information and poor presentation skills. The e-learning industry is highly experimental by nature. As instructional designers, we love to mix common with exceptional; perceptions with reality, and subtle with crucial in order to come up with effective learning strategies.
What is a Virtual Instructor Led Training (vILT) program?
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is certainly worth millions of them! Studies indicates that students retain 50 percent of the content they hear and see in the form of a video as compared to only 10 percent of what they read. The enormous success of various video training programs indicates that most learners prefer video over text.
In vILT, a training is conducted by a trainer using an online tool, which allows two-way communication between the trainer and the learner. If you choose an effective tool for conducting the session, you can share information through video, documents, and written notes with the learners in real-time.
Here are 5 benefits of choosing vILT for corporate learning:
1. Train anyone, anywhere with a human element
A recent study by Nielsen- a leading information and measurement company headquartered in New York, indicates that nearly 44% of all web videos are seen while at work. So, it makes sense to use video learning as a tool to keep employees engaged and motivated rather than opting for text-based communication. A video-based training can be disseminated from anywhere and employees can attend from their desks or homes. This can save an organization a huge amount of money that is otherwise spent on traveling, lodging and arranging for appropriate training classrooms. Also, vILT offers a human element and thus employees feel personally mentored.
A video-based training allows learners to ask questions, express views, participate in discussions, and get trained together irrespective of their location. The learners can also download various study aids in various formats such as PDFs, Word docs, online links, videos, whitepapers, and powerpoint presentations. It is also possible to make notes online, share them with other participants and raise concern if there’s any doubt
3. Trackable learner performance
Using vILT, you can track user’s performance by using built in analytics within tools, direct questions, engagement techniques, or a combination of all three. You then can display the results instantly or at the end of the course. Real-time assessments are also possible by conducting role plays, asking questions, and conducting polls. Using vILT, it is easier to track learner’s performance and provide instant feedback.
4. Easy customization
Often organizations want to communicate information necessary for a job in a very short span to their employees. Visual communication is the fastest and most appropriate way to get all information connected using a single tool and disseminate that information to employees quickly. If there is a rapid change in the industry, market trends, sales skills, or product offerings, you can immediately use vILT’s to train employees, share information, and address any issues.
5. Easy to Use Tools for DIY
There are a number of tools you can use to create engaging vILT programs, such as CamStudio, Camtasia Studio, Dominknow Claro, Raptivity, and Adobe Connect. With the help of these tools, you can create engaging instructor-led training programs that are easy to customize and deliver. In addition, you can measure the training effectiveness and use all the engaging features of an LMS in a vILT at almost fraction of the cost.
Video-based training programs offer you an opportunity to establish clear communication not only between trainers and learners, but also among learners. This means if implemented effectively, a vILT session can not only help learners achieve learning goals, but also bring them closer together and form effective teams.