Instructor-led training, or ILT, is the process of learning and transferring knowledge between instructors and learners. This is similar to the traditional classroom format, where students have face-to-face contact with their teachers, and are able to vocalize their concerns and receive immediate feedback. The familiarity we have with this training structure is why the majority of companies use it as their training method. However, comfort is not the source of success; in order to thrive in this ever-changing world in which remote working has become the new normal, corporations must keep up with its technological evolutions and advancements.
As a great number of studies indicate, conversions to virtual training yield tremendous benefits. The flexibility, customization and engaging content delivery that is possible through virtual training allows employees to retain information for longer periods of time, and learning and development to be able to revise it at any time, and any number of times. There is no one-size-fits-all set of instructions for how companies can convert training strategies to virtual, given their varied needs and abilities. Nonetheless, here are some general practices to start with that guarantee businesses’ increased returns, after their smooth transition from ILT to virtual training:
Understand Your Why
There are tremendous benefits to transitioning to virtual learning for all companies. However, each business entity, based on its budget, needs and abilities, has additional motivations for this transition. Hence, in order to design and choose the optimal software and strategies, businesses must address many issues. What is your budget? What is your timeline? How many learners do you have? What are their skills and preferences? How much new content do you have to develop?
Recycle Your Content
Although we believe recycling physical material is a great practice for organizations, that is not what we’re talking about here. Businesses can reuse the content taught in their ILT programs, and incorporate it into their virtual offerings. This way, not only do they still benefit from their previous efforts and information, they can also improve it during and after the transition. Needless to say, merely digitizing your existing content will not deliver great results, and it has to be deeply revised.
Simplify Your Content
In virtual learning, unlike in ILT, there is no facilitator to explain the content to learners. Therefore, the information presented on its own should be easy to understand, and engaging. Yet, even this form of learning requires resources for learners to seek help. The best practice is to assume your learners know nothing. So, even the recycled content from your ILT programs has to be re-evaluated, and become easily digestible. Decreasing the length of your content will make it more engaging; hence, investing time and effort in concision is necessary.
The most important step businesses must take to initiate this process, which is also a common theme in the previous tips, is to look within. Although this transition is the introduction of an external strategy to your organization, it is a change that must be done from the inside, as many of the resources already exist and merely need alterations. At CoreAxis, we are excited to assist our clients in a smooth transition from their ILT programs to engaging virtual learning opportunities. We recognize that each business is unique, so we customize solutions for this strategy conversion that are specific to their goals. Our engaging content delivery amplifies employees’ skills and abilities, saves them great amounts of time and money and guides our clients toward success.