It goes without saying that the Coronavirus pandemic has forever changed the face of the business world in 2020. The shift to remote working has become the new norm, with greater emphasis placed on online communication tools and apps to help ease the transition to a virtual environment.
But the reality is many companies and educational facilities, who rely upon in-person training to drive their business and remain compliant, were caught off guard.
Market indications are that companies who invested in top-notch virtual training technology and upskilled their employees will come out of the pandemic stronger having embraced and adapted to the changing conditions.
So, what should you be doing as a business owner, be it corporate or educational, to stay on top of your training technology?
The Rise of Virtual Training in 2020
Education Is Key
One of the most important elements to bear in mind is how you can provide the same level of support that an in-person classroom affords in a world where you can’t teach in person.
While apps such as Zoom and Skype all have their particular part to play in the conversion to virtual training, how prepared are you and your team for the transition to online training?
Defining a strategy is a must and doing your research is key. You don’t want to go into the transition blind to potential pitfalls. Finding out the challenges involved is a good place to start.
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Transition to Online
Transitioning your training to online involves more than just making sure your employees or students have a PC, webcam, right mic, and stable internet connection.
It goes way beyond these basics and involves careful thought and consideration as to how you will keep your training participants motivated and engaged, communicating, and what sort of online program you will be using.
While some programming languages like Python and R are open source and can easily be downloaded by anybody onto their home computers, many others require licenses.
Turning to professionals in the field of virtual instructor-led training is a smart move. Scaled to your needs, be it immediate virtual learning or virtual classroom, these companies can convert your in-person training to virtual instructor led training in as little as five days.
Virtual Instructor Lead Training has been gaining traction over the years due to its ease of accessibility, cost-effective nature, and flexibility it affords learners and organizations.
If anything, the pandemic has pushed VILT into mainstream use, with more and more organizations opting to harness this digital platform offering for instructor-led training.
So why should you choose VILT?
In short, it’s all about global reach. VILT facilitates employee participation from anywhere in the world. Whether your staff is local, national, or international, your training is accessible to anyone at any time in any location.
Employees or students can easily and quickly join in training sessions without having to commute and attend a physical venue.
Remove travel, accommodation, and venue costs, and virtual training becomes a much more budget-friendly alternative. By uniting employees from different branches under one digital roof, there is no need to hire multiple instructors.
Cohesion and Engagement
Training when conducted online, all participants can achieve the same level of knowledge transfer simultaneously. It also provides the opportunity to enjoy live interaction with instructors and colleagues in another part of the world.
Course material can be downloaded quickly, and it’s also possible to make notes online and share them with all participating in the training.
Efficiency and Ease of Customization
VILT tends to lean towards shorter ‘bite-sized’ modules, making it easier for participants to retain what they have learned. Training can be recorded for future reference enabling those who could not attend to catch up later.
For organizations that need to communicate information to employees as a matter of urgency, such as market trends or product offerings, VILT is the fastest way to quickly and efficiently get information out to them.
The Future of VILT
Technology and innovation are transforming daily, and its impact on us will continue to transform the way millions of people learn, both on and off the job and in e-learning environments.
The pandemic may have significantly accelerated the pace of change, but research shows that 80% of organizations believe that their use of digital learning will remain the same.
If done correctly, VILT is an indispensable tool from which to extend your reach as a training leader as more corporations and their employees begin to understand that this reality is here to stay.