7 Things To Do When Switching From Instructor-Led To Online Training

Without proper knowledge about the conversion process of ILT to eLearning, organizations may find it difficult to get it right. This article shares 7 tips that will make the conversion from instructor-led training to online learning undemanding and easy. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Free eBook: Your Step-by-Step Guide To Design High-Impact Blended Training – Featuring 7 Success Stories [2018 Update]

This free eBook is an update on the previous eBook released in Oct’17 and provides several insights on how you can effectively transition from ILT to blended training. This updated release features 7 success stories. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Digitize Instructor-Led Training Sessions To Increase Employee Engagement And Performance

The need for enhanced learner engagement in instructor-led training (ILT) today is stronger than ever and organizations are increasingly looking at active learner participation in instructor-led training deliveries. In this article, I highlight how you can achieve this when you digitize instructor-led training sessions through our eSpace tool.

Why You Need To Digitize Instructor-Led Training: What Are The Factors That Are Pushing Organizations To Relook At ILT Delivery?

Digitize Instructor-Led Training

With reduced training and travel budgets, Learning and Development (L&D) teams across the world are being pushed to re-evaluate their existing instructor-led training (ILT) delivery. Alongside the reduction of budgets, there is an added pressure to ensure that there is a demonstrable ROI on the training spend.

On the other side, learners expect training deliveries that:

  1. Appeal to varied profiles (particularly Millennials).
  2. Adapt to their preferences and learning styles.
  3. Are flexible and can be taken “on the go” on the device of their choice (includes smartphones and tablets).

Clearly, both these aspects converge to an increase on:

Online training: Particularly mLearning or mobile learning.

Blended learning.

Digitization of the instructor-led training delivery to maximize the effectiveness of instructor-led and virtual instructor-led training programs.

In this article, I will focus on why it makes sense to digitize your instructor-led training delivery and enhance its value and have more engaged learners. I will also outline how this will lead to a higher ROI on your training spend.

What Are The Benefits If You Digitize Instructor-Led Training?

You would get several benefits that help you maximize the effectiveness of instructor-led and virtual instructor-led training programs. Notable being:

  1. Get the best of both worlds.
    • Have the power of traditional instructor-led training delivery.
    • Multiply the impact by leveraging on the flexibility of online delivery.
  2. Create highly engaging and interactive learning sessions with your learners.
  3. Retain the connect (between learners and between trainers and learners) even after the workshop.
  4. Bring in “learning as a continuum”.
    Extend the learning engagement even after the workshop.

Case Study

I share a case study that features our platform eSpace and how it enables you to go beyond the traditional instructor-led training/blended delivery to a new age digital experience.

eSpace retains the edge of the instructor-led training delivery and offers the benefits and flexibility of online delivery.

Introducing eSpace – A Unique Online Framework For Offering Instructor-Led Training And Blended Learning

This unique framework (cloud-based and works on all devices including tablets and smartphones) allows you to offer instructor-led training or blended training through an online platform.

You can create learning paths featuring microlearning nuggets (for blended delivery) and integrate social learning features to provide higher impact learning.

You can use eSpace to:

    • Provide access to a single source for material for instructor-led training sessions.
      Pre-Workshop online material can be shared with learners before the training session. They have an on-going access to it both during and post workshop.
    • Provide control to instructors.
      They can define the learning path and integrate all job aids required for training acquisition and eventually its application on the job (thereby establishing a performance gain that businesses want to see).
    • Communicate and collaborate.
      There are several features to facilitate communication with groups and individuals.
    • Engage and contribute.
      The tool offers different features to take feedback from participants during the training.

How Can You Use eSpace To Step Up Your Existing ILT/VILT Delivery?

It addresses the challenges that are inherent to ILT/VILT delivery. In addition, the tool:

    • Provides higher learner involvement and ensures active learner participation.
    • Reduces the learners’ inhibition to comment/communicate.
    • Tracks the access to preparatory materials by the participants.
    • Provides an easy approach to maintain documentation, preserve it, and keep it accessible online.
    • Provides easy revision of the information.
    • Enables instructors to do an effective assessment of the learning (more rigorous check-pointing pre/post or during the workshop).
    • Provides easy to implement online post-training support.
    • Enables an easy way to integrate Performance Support at work.

How Does eSpace Help Both Instructors And Participants With An Enhanced Learning Experience As Opposed To Traditional Instructor-Led Training Delivery?

Our eSpace platform is more than just an online platform to deliver instructor-led training and blended learning. It comes with a host of features that are bound to take your blended learning experience to the next level.

1. Easy To Set Up Plus Use It Beyond The Workshop.

    • The platform facilitates easy and flexible delivery of learning content.
      You can use it to share material pre-workshop, during the session, and to offer performance support options post-workshop.
    • User-friendly.
      The tool is user-friendly and it’s easy to set up sessions and courses. Instructors need not have the in-depth technical know-how to operate the tool as it is easy to use and extremely intuitive.

2. Truly Collaborative.

With eSpace, users can experience collaborative learning in the true sense of the term as it has:

    • Forums/Discussion Boards.
      The tool has forums to facilitate communication between learners and instructors alike. Categories of forums can be created with each forum having its own discussion thread. These forums can be moderated as well to ensure that appropriate/relevant content is brought up for discussion.
    • Instant messaging.
      The chat tool comes with features like emoticons and smileys that give the learning a personalized touch.
    • Video-conferencing.
      This feature breaks the distance barriers between learners and instructors and helps make learning and interaction as real and effective as possible.
    • Groups.
      Learner groups can be created and they can be defined at the instructor/administrator level. Learners can be given permission to create their own groups as well.
    • An integrated social network.
      The tool comes with an integrated social network wherein all registered users can create their own profile, search for people, send invitations, make friends, send messages, and create groups on different topics.
    • Social bookmarking.
      Learners can exchange links and bookmarks and also link their social network profile to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other external social network platforms.
    • Announcements.
      Instructors can send announcements to learners through emails, text, images, videos, links, and so on. They also have the flexibility to send announcements or messages globally or to individual learners. These announcements will be visible to learners as soon as they log in to the platform.

3. Learner-Centric.

The tool is a learner’s delight as it comes with features such as:

    • Personal notes.
      The personal notes tool is available to learners to take notes on the courses they are taking.
    • Personal calendar.
      The tool facilitates setting up of events, meetings, assessments, and so on in the course agenda. Learners can receive updates when there are changes to their personal calendar and synchronize the calendar with the course agenda.
    • Self enrollment.
      Learners can log in and enroll themselves in the course of their choice.
    • Role swap.
      Learners can be given teacher/instructor rights. They can be made tutors and allowed to create course content.
    • Search course content.
      Learners can use the search option to look for a specific course content.
    • Learning in nuggets.
      The tool allows learners to experience bite-sized learning in the form of microlearning nuggets. Their nuggets can also be used as effective Performance Support Tools to convert acquisition of knowledge to the application of knowledge.

4. Classroom Plus.

The tool helps provide learning experiences that are both similar and distinct as far as classroom learning is concerned. This is on account of features like:

    • Sign-up sheets.
      Instructors can use these to track the presence of learners for the courses they take.
    • Assignment submission.
      Learners can upload their assignments in the Assignment section.
    • Quizzes.
      The tool comes with an in-built feature that facilitates the creation of various types of quizzes (SAMC, MAMC, Fill in the Blanks, and so on). The details of how the learners have performed in the quiz can be tracked through the dashboard statistics, giving a clear picture of the percentage of learners who have passed or failed the tests.
    • Surveys.
      These can be sent to registered users as well as others through their email addresses. The statistics related to the data provided by the respondents is graphically represented.
    • Gradebook.
      Scores and grades that the learners have obtained are made available on the assignment tool.
    • Learner tracking.
      Insights on learner progress, activity, the time they logged in, results, scores, and so on are available on the dashboard.

5. An All-Embracing Technology.

The platform is cloud-based and multi-device compatible. Besides, it comes with features such as:

    • Varied learning tools.
      These appeal to different learning types and come in different forms.
    • Document upload, management, and sharing.
      The tool not only facilitates easy upload and download of files but sharing of documents through the platform saving the email attachment hassles.
    • Mobile learning.
      The tool lets you take the learning experience mobile and enable the learners to learn from anywhere they want on the device of their choice.
    • SCORM compliant.
      The tool is SCORM and AICC compatible.
    • Import of any type of content.
      The tool allows importing of content in varied formats and integration of external web content, such as YouTube videos and so on.
    • RSS feeds.
      These can be generated from within the platform by instructors.
    • Easy user management.
      Multiple users can be added. They can be added manually, individually, or group-wise by the administrator.
    • Language options.
      Learners can choose to operate the tool in the language of their choice. They can choose the language interface of their choice. The platform is currently available in 45 languages.
    • Course templates.
      Instructors can make use of course templates in the learning path tool.

Summary

You can also take a look at this video to know about the features of our eSpace platform and how it can be used to enhance the effectiveness of instructor-led training and blended learning deliveries.

I hope this article provides you with insights to help you step up your instructor-led training and blended learning strategy. If you need any further assistance, do contact me at apandey@eidesign.net.

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ILT To Blended Or Online Training Transformation – Featuring 5 Examples

5 Examples Of ILT To Blended Or Fully Online Training

Even though blended training offers significant advantages over ILT training, its impact is highly dependent on how you arrive at the “right blend”. This depends on several factors, the top 2 of which are:

  1. The nature of the content, and whether it is amenable to be delivered in a blended training or fully online training format.
  2. If there is a need for an instructor intervention to meet the learning mandate.

At EI Design, our approach focuses on identifying which key aspects of a facilitated session must be retained, and which ones will offer a better impact if they are moved to an online delivery. Thereby, the training delivery would map to:

  • Model 1
    A significant component of face-to-face, ILT training, and a small component of online training.
  • Model 2
    An even mix of face-to-face, ILT training, and online training.
  • Model 3
    Significant online learning with short and focused face-to-face, ILT training.

Before identifying the success factors to handle this transformation effectively, let’s look at the definition and benefits of a blended training approach.

What Is A Blended Training Approach?

Blended training, or hybrid training, is a combination of different learning techniques offering the best from both Instructor-Led Training (ILT) and online training (eLearning or mLearning).

The conversion of ILT training to blended or fully online training has seen a steady increase in the last few years. The factors triggering the growing rate of adoption and conversion of Instructor-Led Training, or ILTs, into blended or online training are 2:

  1. The organization’s need to use the same budget to reach out to a wider audience in a shorter time and with a consistent message.
  2. The learner’s demand for self-paced learning that is available on the device of their choice and can be taken on the go.

What Are The Key Gains You Will See As You Move To Blended Training Or Fully Online Training From The Existing ILT-Based Approach?

As we have noted, the triggers for adopting blended training or fully online training are linked to the changing learner and organizational needs. As an extension, there are several benefits to learners as well as businesses, as shown below:

Benefits For The Learners

  1. Provides a better control to the learner. They can learn at their own pace (rather than the pace set by the instructor of the peer group).
  2. They have access to online resources even if they missed the ILT sessions.
  3. They can use the accessible online resources to refer to, even after the ILT program is over.
  4. The online platforms used to provide blended training offer collaboration features that learners can continue to use (with instructors as well as other learners) even after the session is over.
  5. Research confirms that the impact of blended training is higher as compared to ILT sessions on account of higher retention levels.

Benefits For The Organizations

  1. Organizations can reach a wider audience in a shorter time.
  2. Furthermore, the conversion of ILT training to blended training or online training shortens the seat time of the training. (For instance, a 4-day face-to-face workshop can now be converted to a 4-hour online training and a 1-day workshop).
  3. In blended training, instructors can use online assessments and have a sense of the impact in a much shorter time.
  4. Instructors can continue to offer learning nuggets even after the facilitated session is over, as the connection with the learner can persist with online resources.
  5. The online components of blended training can offer more engaging learning strategies like microlearning, learning paths, gamification, social learning, and so on. A combination of these approaches ensures that the learning is sticky and continues to post the facilitated session.

How Can You Determine When Should You Opt For Fully Online Or Blended Training?

Assessing if fully online or a hybrid training is the right answer depends on several aspects. The key aspects are:

  • Nature of the current ILT training program: Can the same impact be achieved with an alternative training delivery format?
  • How will learners respond: Are they ready for a fully online format or would they prefer a hybrid or blended approach?
  • Are the technology support aspects in place to manage the blended training format?
  • Are the required support systems for instructors in place to enable them to manage a blended training format?

To understand this better, let us look at some of the typical corporate training needs that will come up for the transition.

I have added 5 examples that showcase how we handled the transition of an ILT program to blended training for these 5 corporate pieces of training. Given the dynamics, a different blend or a fully online training approach was used in each situation.

1. Induction And Onboarding Training

This program should certainly be a blended program. Although, you can determine the increased weightage on online training by looking at your ability to manage the roll-out. For instance, organizations with a high geographical spread and staggered intake of employees would find a higher online component to be beneficial. Similarly, for the senior management or executive training, a blend of coaching and mentoring is crucial and can be achieved as an add-on to the online training.

  • Example
    For our own induction and onboarding training, we transitioned from a fully ILT-based format to a blended training format.
  • Online component
    The online format features microlearning media pieces (largely videos) and guided exploration through very simple and intuitive interactivities.
  • The facilitated component
    The entire learning journey is divided into multiple stages. Once each stage is over, there are supporting facilitated sessions. These focus on recap, reinforcement, and interactions with peers and seniors.

2. Tools Or Application Software Training

This can be converted to a fully online training. After this, learners can practice on the actual tool. Optionally, you could offer the practice sessions with an instructor support.

  • Example
    We have used a combination of approaches shown here, depending on the complexity of the application and the availability of a trainer to support the program.
  • Online component
    The online component typically uses a “Teach, Try, and Test” model to show the key aspects of the software.
  • The facilitated component
    Post the online training, learners can move to a practice on the actual tool. Alternatively, the practice session can be moderated by a trainer and post the practice session, there can be another online assessment.

3. Compliance Training

This too can be converted to a fully online training. You can opt to increase the impact by adding Performance Support Tools or PSTs, post the online training. These PSTs can be used to reinforce the primary message and provide the required nudge to learners towards the desired behavioral change.

  • Example
    For our internal compliance training on Information Security, we opted for a fully online approach.
  • Online component (for primary training)
    We created an online course on Information Security.
  • Performance Support (to trigger the required behavioral change)
    However, we felt that the online course may not be sufficient to meet the compliance mandate. So, we added a Performance Support Tool or PST that is offered 60-90 days post the formal training. This has a list of factors to watch out for and reinforces the primary learning.

4. Professional Skills Enhancement Training

This can be handled through a blended approach with a significant percentage of learning assets made available as online resources. It can be enhanced through social or collaborative learning and must have a provision for coaching and mentoring.

  • Example
    In this case, although a major part of the training (on Financial Literacy for athletes) was classroom-based, we digitized the classroom delivery experience through an app which enabled the facilitator to track classes, as well as share participant guides and handouts online.
  • Online component
    All the resources (ILT decks, presenter and participant guides, and handouts for classroom activities) were made available online.
  • The facilitated component
    The trainer would use the app to access the resources on their tablet and manage the session (within the same class or virtually).

5. Soft Skills Training

This, too, can be handled through a blended approach that provides a significant percentage of training through online resources.

  • Example
    In this case, we recorded the trainer sessions (on Project Management) and used them to create an online version of the training.
  • Online component
    Rather than a simplistic approach of the trainer talking and the supporting PowerPoint slides appearing in another window, we opted for an interactive video-based format to bring the material to life.
  • The facilitated component
    The focus of the facilitated sessions shifted to supporting workshops with experts and peers focusing on the application of the learning, problem-solving, real-life situations, best practices, and so on.

As you would note, the process of conversion of ILT material to blended training or fully online training can be applied to most of your training needs. However, you need to review several key factors as you begin the process of transformation.

  • These include what the nature of the content is and if the same or better impact can be created with the new training format.
  • Additionally, you need to evaluate the organizational and learner readiness for such a transition to a new format.

With all these cues, you will have the right perspective to opt or not to opt for a fully online or blended approach.

If you have any specific queries, do contact me at apandey@eidesign.net.

Source: https://www.eidesign.net/ilt-blended-online-training-transformation-featuring-5-examples/

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A Case Study On Using An eLearning Mobile App To Digitize Instructor-Led Training

How To Use An eLearning Mobile App To Digitize Instructor-Led Training

Using technology to deliver training is an integral part of most organizations’ training delivery these days. It comes as no surprise that using technology to empower trainers offering classroom training or virtual training has gained momentum.

Take a look at this report’s findings:

According to the “2016 Benchmark Report: The State of Online Training”,

Technology has not decreased the demand for Instructor-Led Training, but gives instructors new tools to reach learners…The trend in Instructor-Led learning is enablement through technology, both in hybrid and fully virtual delivery“.

In this article, I share a case study to demonstrate how we helped one of our customers provide facilitated training by digitizing ILT using a learning app (or an eLearning app). Before sharing the case study, let me share what learning apps are and what benefits they offer.

What Are Learning Apps?

Considering the number of apps we use during our day, using apps for learning, or eLearning mobile apps, is a great way to engage the learners.

Learning apps bring the experience of native apps to learning, and they use several aspects of mobile learning (including microlearning and integrated social learning features) to keep learners engaged. They can be used in varied formats, including to:

  • Offer/Support Formal online training.
  • Provide Performance Support.
  • Support ILT.
  • Provide a learning journey (ongoing connect with learners) and offer remediation or on-going reinforcements.

What Are The Benefits Of Integrating Mobile Apps Into Your Training Delivery?

eLearning mobile apps enable an organization to:

  • Have an efficient Performance Support Tool platform.
  • Make workforce learning possible anytime, anywhere.
  • Ensure that training reaches a broader and more mobile audience.
  • Provide bite-sized learning anytime, anywhere.
  • Provide access to Learning Path-based approaches in a smartphone environment.
  • Make learning content available offline.
  • Track course progress and completion.

Mobile apps can be used to offer online training and can be used to digitize Instructor-Led Training (ILT).

What Are The Factors That Are Pushing Organizations To Digitize Instructor-Led Training Delivery?

From an organizational perspective, the primary reasons or challenges triggering a re-evaluation of delivery through ILT are:

  • Reduction in overall training budgets.
  • Reduced budgets for travel costs.
  • Reduced time to train the workforce.
  • Easier tracking of training impact through digitization.
  • An easier approach to updating digitized learning.

From the learner’s standpoint, organizations seek training approaches that:

  • Provide flexibility on how learners want to learn.
  • Empower learners to study at their pace.
  • Adapt to varied learning styles.
  • Offer the flexibility to be taken “on the go”.

Many of these triggers are leading to:

  • Higher adoption of online training.
  • Blended training delivery.
  • Innovative approaches to digitizing ILT.

What Is The Relevance Of Mobile Apps To ILT Delivery?

Today, more than ever, there is a clear need to enhance the way ILT is delivered and to leverage technology and eLearning strategies.

Mobile apps are one of the mLearning, or mobile learning, formats and can be used as effective tools that offer enriched ILT sessions. Using eLearning mobile apps for ILT is an innovative way to digitize ILT. Let me share a case study that showcases how we used a mobile learning app to support ILT delivery.

Case Study: Leveraging Mobile App To Support An ILT Session

Background

Our customer wanted us to build an app that could help trainers host and track classroom training sessions on a tablet. This app would help them deliver classroom training in various locations and provide relevant job aids and the learning material to learners as printouts for future reference.

Our Approach

We developed an eLearning mobile app that incorporated some key differentiators. For example:

  1. It can be installed on any Android tablet and offers the following key features:
    • It provides packages in multiple languages. We have localized the training in 6 international languages that the trainer can pick from depending on the audience profile.
    • We created the ILT material (FG, PG, and ILT deck) with a rich look and feel, based on our customer’s source content. These collaterals are embedded in the app.
    • The app plays PPT files that can be also projected onto a screen.
    • It provides user notifications when new content is added and made available.
    • Trainers and users have the flexibility to download content into the app for offline use.
  2. Trainers can use the app to:
    • Download required training material at any location once online.
    • Host videos, PDFs, PPTs, and other learning documents.
    • Print student handouts.

Let us look at some screenshots of the eLearning app now.

eLearning App Screenshots

Opening Screen

eLearning Mobile App-Opening Screen

Setting The Context-Program Overview

eLearning Mobile App-Setting the context-Program overview

Visual Map-List Of All Modules

eLearning Mobile App-Visual Map-List of all modules

List Of Assets In A Given Module

eLearning Mobile App-List of assets in a given module

Additional Assets: FAQs And Take A Tour

eLearning Mobile App-Additional assets FAQs and Take a Tour

A Glimpse Of The Assets

eLearning Mobile App-glimpse of the assets

I hope this article provides you with cues on how you can leverage innovative online training tools like eLearning mobile apps to deliver high-impact, digitized Instructor-Led Training (ILT). If you have any queries or need specific support, do contact me at apandey@eidesign.net.

Source: https://www.eidesign.net/case-study-using-elearning-mobile-app-digitize-instructor-led-training/

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ILT To Blended Or Online Training Transformation – Featuring 5 Examples

Assessing what is the right way forward to convert your existing ILT program to a blended or fully online format can be challenging. In this article, through 5 examples, I am highlighting how you can manage this transformation successfully. This post was first published on eLearning Industry.