Gone are the days when gurus or teachers held the monopoly on distributing information. The advent of the internet (and infinite possibilities that came along with it) has fundamentally changed the way we consume information – and also how we deliver it.
The traditional Instructor-Led Training (ILT) that takes place in physical classrooms in front of learners, is now only one of many ways in which we get the information we need – but that doesn’t mean that it’s become obsolete. Far from it.
While online learning has indeed fostered a more self-dependent learning system, it encourages having a broad knowledge over deeper understanding. This obviously has its pros and cons, but it means that ILT still remains unchallenged as the time-tested way to create an intrinsic, more profound understanding of a subject.
As an organization, it’s important to focus on new, innovative ways to implement and enhance the online learning experience of your employees, but there really is no substitute for instructor-led training or vestibule training as it is often known.
Here’s how you can adopt it for your employee training program.
What is Instructor-Led Training?
Instructor-led training is the practice of conducting personal training sessions, with a certified Instructor, sharing information with an individual or group of people.
One of the most important aspects of ILT is that the learners attend the session in real-time, which allows for instant feedback, and free-flowing exchange of ideas. Moreover, ILT can be conducted in five different ways so you can make a pick that best suits your purpose.
Types of Instructor-Led Training
- One-on-One interaction
- Small-Group lecture
- Workshop- a brief, intensive training for a relatively small group of people that focuses on techniques and skills in a particular field.
- Webinar- Training online via video conferencing
- Seminars (Online/offline)
Advantages of ILT
Open discussion & Instant Feedback
Online courses generally encourage asking questions at the end of a session instead of mid-way. This often means that a lot of crucial questions that need to be addressed quickly, often get missed out.
With ILT, learners can ask instructors questions during the training session in real-time. This not only helps the learners clarify their doubts immediately, but the follow-up questions open up a discussion amongst the team members and allow greater comprehension of the subject matter.
In an online training session, the process and lesson plan is usually standardised. This means that learners that absorb information at a different rate, are forced to adapt to the lesson, instead of the other way around.
In Instructor-led training, the instructor can mold the teaching methods to suit the students’ learning needs, and increase or decrease the pace based on individual learners. They can further customize the content based on the knowledge level of their knowledge too.
For an organisation, if there are employees who lack some basic knowledge in a particular subject, then the instructor can begin the session by elaborating these basic concepts with them. This ensures that the employees won’t be hesitant to ask more questions, and will ultimately have the same learning experience as others that are equally familiar with the concepts.
ILTs allow employees to share their own experiences, ideas and thoughts with their colleagues and instructor. This helps build a stronger bond with everyone involved. It also creates a safe space for new employees to open up and feel comfortable in starting their new journey with their new team.
The everyday interaction enabled by ILT also helps the employees get additional information apart from their main subject of training. For instance, a PR expert assigned for a training session teaches the concepts of PR but also shares her work experience and her journey in the industry. This allows everyone in the session to get a general insight into their job role, and additional knowledge that could prove useful elsewhere.
With Instructor-led training, employees gain theoretical knowledge about their work and the opportunity to practice it. Instructors conduct Q&A sessions with the employees, enact roleplays, and give situational problems for employees to solve. This helps employees to practice what they have learned in the training session.
This allows them to collaborate, put their thoughts together, and find a way to solve the problem together. As a result of this practical knowledge, in case of any work-related difficulties in the future, the employees will be able to resolve it as a team.
We hope you have made a note of all the major advantages of ILT you can benefit from before you find out how you can incorporate it into your online training.
Instructor-Led Training Via Learning Management System.
A learning management system (LMS) is a software program that helps you create, manage, and deliver courses online. It allows you to create a centralized platform for all the courses and training materials.
LMS is a well-organized system where you manage the training process of your employees online. You can simply assign the courses to the employees or let them take their pick and start their training sessions on their own.
ILT works as an extension of the LMS. The system allows easy scheduling of training sessions, and invitation emails and reminder emails are sent to the learners automatically. One can also monitor attendance and scores for a more in-depth analysis.
ILT functions as the most effective method of delivering training sessions.
Best of Both the Worlds- Blended Learning
Wikipedia offers the following definition of blended learning:
“Blended learning is an approach to education that combines online educational materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional place-based classroom methods. It requires the physical presence of both teacher and student, with some elements of student control over time, place, path, or place.”
However when it comes to online learning (or “eLearning”), the “place-based classroom methods” can be easily replaced with webinars or online lectures, making the learning accessible and convenient to the learners. This allows the ease of access allowed by eLearning, and the core effectiveness of ILT techniques to be “blended” into one.
A U.S. Department of Education meta-analysis found that blended learning was the most effective learning model. Siminars is the best example of a blended learning program. It not only includes ILTs but also resources like videos, PPTs, audio files, quizzes, polls, etc that can improve any training session.
Not to mention, Siminars’ integration with services like Youtube, Vimeo, Slideshare, etc, enables you to create and share content in a few taps.
The major benefit of sharing the study materials with your employees before or after an ILT session is that they can revisit the resources at any time to go over the learning gained in the ILT program.
Over to You
ILT is the most traditional training process, but can always be blended with the new-age training techniques. You don’t have to compromise on ILT if you are training your employees online, you just have to blend it.
Blended learning is a great way to engage your employees in the training process while keeping a feedback loop open. Moreover, everyone has the space to learn in their own way. Tools like Siminars centralize and smoothen the entire teaching and learning experience, making it much more convenient to use.
We hope this article helped you get some insight into ILTs, their advantages, and how you can blend them into your eLearning program.