Dynamic Duo: 3 Reasons Virtual Instructor-Led Training Is An Indispensable Part Of Blended Learning Today

Virtual instructor-led training or VILT, as it’s popularly called, is classroom training conducted via video conferencing software. But why is it such a crucial part of a successful blended learning strategy?

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Blending Both L&D Worlds: 7 Ways To Incorporate Instructor-Led Training Activities Into Your Online Training Strategy

Many of us approach life with an either/or mindset, but there’s lots of room for greys. Is it feasible to effectively combine online and offline training in the corporate world? This article features 7 ways to incorporate instructor-led training into your online training strategy.

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How To Enhance Virtual Learning With The Help Of Social Learning

virtual learning environment is a medium of learning where learners go through courses, study materials and learning aids through an online medium. It can be browser-based or a virtual training session through Zoom. Virtual learning offers activities, interactions, and resources within a course structure and provides different levels of assessment. Given this context, learners can access learning materials through peer-to-peer collaboration networks such as forums. As social learning is a continuous process of learning from other people within and outside the organization, it can be integrated into virtual learning through various means.

At the present virtual learning also happens through social technologies like blogs, wikis, discussion forums, messaging tools, conferencing tools, subject-matter directories, and videos. Organizations are increasingly using social learning in their training methodologies for improved learning retention, increased learner engagement, and reduced training costs.

The 70:20:10 Learning Framework

In traditional classroom training, most learners recall only 10% of what they have learned after 72 hours. Such lack of knowledge retention can harm the business of your organization. For example, a salesperson may face trouble recalling the knowledge learned at the appropriate time the next week, which could cost them a sale.

As per this methodology, about 70% of learning happens through on-the-job training and practical experiences, 20% through interaction with peers and colleagues, and just 10% in a traditional, instructor-led classroom training environment.

Why Social Learning?

Social learning helps employees with enhanced retention of knowledge, which is the primary goal of any training program. Social learning encourages learning in a working environment and allows learners to apply their knowledge to work. They can learn from peers, senior employees, or experts within the organizations. People learn from real-life scenarios/examples and by direct experiences. Research studies also indicate that social learning methods deliver a better ROI (almost 75:1 ratio) when compared to traditional classroom training.

Here are a few strategies on how to enhance virtual learning with the help of social learning.

Enhance Learner Engagement

A virtual learning environment allows you to manage the learning activities by using various means such as an LMS for learner administrations, learning platforms, and virtual instructor sessions. In social learning, employees can either start or take part in a discussion, training or coach others as and when a situation arises. This type of freedom to engage in their learning will directly impact increased engagement in their work.

As part of social learning, provide a network of mentors and peers, where information is created and distributed easily to employees. Thus, employees can obtain more practical knowledge and make better decisions through increased engagement with others.

Collaborate Proactively With Learners

Communication and collaboration among the participants with emails, chat, wikis, blogs, etc., are other key components of a virtual learning environment. Social learning is collaborative in its approach, happens in real-time, and has a direct relation to an employee’s work. Learning can happen anytime, anywhere, and by using any device. Organizations that support social learning need to have learning environments that foster conversation, discussion, and collaboration between learners across the organization.

Social learning involves knowledge sharing in a joint effort between peers, and between peers and facilitators. It promotes high-level thinking, good relationships, oral and written communication, self-management, responsibility, and leadership skills.

Encourage Peer Learning

Peer learning is a great way in which learners learn from each other. Participants connected can observe and learn from others, helping each other in the virtual session. Learners can directly learn from seniors and experts who have been in similar situations. In peer learning, learners receive more time for individualized learning, and interactions between employees promote active learning.

Learners get a chance to reinforce their learning by instructing others. Also, learners feel more comfortable and open when interacting with their peers. For companies, peer learning is a financially efficient alternative to hiring trainers or instructors. Research studies indicate that peer learning activities yield more benefits to the organization, such as enhanced team-building spirit, more supportive relationships, greater psychological well-being, and improved communication skills. Thus, organizations should encourage peer learning to achieve greater productivity.

Add Simulations And Gamification Elements

Simulations and gamification help facilitators turn their virtual learning into a more interactive experience. Simulations can turn virtual learning sessions into more interesting and fun learning sessions. Mock trials and digital simulations are great ways to enhance a virtual learning session and engage the participants more.

Gamification involves turning an activity into a competitive game for the learners. You can take learning concepts, assignments, and activities and convert them into interesting games. The facilitator can announce badges and rewards for winners and create that unique spark that attracts the learners’ interest. Gamification and simulations allow learners to observe real-life scenarios and examples.

Conclusion

The social learning strategies discussed in this article will help you improve learner participation and conduct successful virtual learning sessions in your organization. Social learning allows for better interaction between various learners. It is a great way to enhance your virtual learning experiences and take learning to the next level.

At Tesseract Learning, our learning and visual architects are constantly innovating and reinventing their approaches to design, develop, and deliver effective L&D programs.

I hope you find this article insightful and that it helps you enhance your virtual learning sessions. To learn more about how you can transform your virtual training, talk to us or write to me at <suresh@tesseractlearning.com>.

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ILT To eLearning Conversion And Its Benefits

There was a time when Instructor-Led training or ILT, also called classroom training, used to be the only mode of training. However, with the advent of technology, the virtual model of learning, known as eLearning, has become popular and has now become the preferred mode of training.

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Create Courses from Impromptu Training

Incorporate Impromptu Training

Often training may happen ad hoc or “on the fly” when the instructor is in the room at the moment or on the shop floor. These are trainings that are not scheduled in the LMS. Therefore, the question arises: how do you account for these unplanned trainings such as impromptu sessions on the shop floor?

This document discusses how Adobe Captivate Prime (Prime) API are used to create a Course in an ad hoc manner.

The usual procedure for creating a Course in Prime is to create Modules in the LMS and upload materials etc. and then publish it. This method works when you have a planned program/schedule and want to create various Courses with media, materials, and possibly classroom sessions (live or virtual).

With ad hoc trainings that could happen at any time and anywhere, it is just as important to capture the event as a Training in the LMS and as an achievement for participants.

Create Courses from Impromptu Training

There are a few reasons why you might consider creating a Course from ad hoc training:

In some industries or organizations, training is not a formal or regular process and not every employee has access to a laptop, access to the LMS etc. For example, a trainer might just be on the shop floor and discover that there are a few workers there that need some training in labelling and sorting, and so s/he decides to have a spontaneous training session then and there.

Use Prime’s Migration API to create a Course

Prime uses Migration API to create a Course in this ad hoc manner. Migration API are those API that we use to import pretty much most information/data into the LMS, e.g. user data. When importing user information into Prime, you have to create a CSV file with all the user information and then import the file into the LMS. In a similar way, you can use the same migration API to import Course information, and create a Course as it happens, in to the LMS.

NOTE: This is different from xAPI statements. While xAPI statements also capture events outside of the LMS, they are scheduled events. Creating ad hoc events, as is evident from the word itself, is unplanned and unscheduled.

You would have to develop a way, e.g. an app, that would populate the CSV with all relevant Course information including name and description along with user enrollment and completion data. For example, a partner app could do the following: 1. Scan employee badges and record attendance; and 2. Use Prime’s migration API to create a migration CSV, and then record attendance. The information is updated in a Box/FTP folder post which the API call comes up and then marks attendance in Prime.

Summary

Use Adobe Captivate Prime’s migration API to create ad hoc Courses in the LMS. This powerful capability supports on-the-job learning endeavors, records often missed informal trainings, and allows a spontaneity to exist alongside planned training programs. Work with Adobe partners to create an app to let you creatively and easily conduct training and record attendance on the fly, as you go along.

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Create Courses from Impromptu Training Sessions – Customer Guide

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Take Your Classrooms Virtual in the Pandemic Scenario

An important lesson a Pandemic teaches us is to improvise, adapt and change with the times. Business as usual is not the usual anymore. In the context of classroom training, this means no more in-person instruction, and therefore, it is probably time to take all your classroom training virtual and online.

Read more here about how to do this with the Adobe Captivate Prime LMS and Adobe Connect!

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Rebound And Thrive: Considerations For Quickly Converting Your ILT To Digital Training

Now that companies are scrambling to quickly adjust Instructor-Led Training to digital training, one might ask, "What are the options?" Here we share guidelines and options to get your training running smoothly in spite of disruptions.

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How Technology Brings Inquiry To The Forefront Of Learning— Especially In A Crisis

Schools have been closing, one after another; for most of us, this is a very strange reality. There is no doubt that many members of the educational community thought that this would put our work on hold until the crisis is over—and for some, it will. But, this is the 21st-century. All the theory about innovative methods in education is now called to action, at least for those of us who have the privilege to implement distance learning programs.

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