There are numerous training delivery techniques available to help you prepare and equip employees to better do their jobs. Indeed, with so many choices out there, it can be daunting to determine which methods to use and when to use them.
Hybrid training, eLearning, virtual training, blended learning, we throw these terms around like they are interchangeable, but the truth is they’re not. When it comes down to when, where and how you deliver training, each method provides a very different learning experience. So which method do you choose?
Over the last decade in the training industry, we have seen these terms evolve and new ones emerge. Technology has expanded the array of learning solutions even beyond the training industry and defining them has become trickier than ever.
When deciding on the right training methods for your learner, it is important to understand who they are and how they respond best to training; what are their job roles? and what are their preferred learning styles? For example, technical employees are likely to respond well to hands on training where they get to try out the new skills they have learned.
The following Guide to Training Delivery Methods will help you deliver the most successful learning experience for your employees.
Cloud-Based Virtual Training
What is it?
Cloud-based lab is the creation of a virtual instance of a physical environment, either on premise or on a cloud, to enable anyone to access a virtual equivalent of any environment anywhere, on-demand without the need to wait for a physical machine setup or additional hardware. These virtual training labs cater to the participants training needs in a virtual environment where they can actively learn, engage, and gain useful knowledge.
Online, by simply logging into the web client, a classroom environment can be assembled using server and machine templates. Training pace can be set by any individual in the company and can be viewed via computers, tablets & mobile devices.
- Hands on experience & Self-paced learning
- Access anytime anywhere
- Economical & Flexible
- Up skilling Anytime, Anywhere
What is it
Blended learning is an education program (formal or informal) that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods. It requires the physical presence of both teacher and student, with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace.
A combination of asynchronous and synchronous, traditional classroom, face-to-face and online learning—video-recorded lectures, online lessons, and other digitally enabled learning activities with an element of student control over the time, place or pace.
- Less expensive to deliver, more affordable and saves time.
- Self-pacing for slow or quick learners reduces stress, increases satisfaction
- Access to global resources and materials that meet the students’ level of knowledge and interest.
- Personalizes learning and improves efficiency
Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)
What is it
Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) refers to training that is delivered in a virtual or simulated environment, or when instructor and learner are in separate locations. Virtual instruction environments are designed to simulate the traditional classroom or learning experience.
Synchronous event delivered electronically. Training pace is set by the instructor and can be viewed via computers, tablets & mobile devices.
- Real easy customization
- Easy to use tools for DIY
- Easily track learner performance
- Eliminates travel costs, can be attended via PC, mobile, tablet.
Hybrid Instructor-led Training (hILT)
What it is:
Live learning event that integrates both a traditional classroom setting and a virtual instructor-led environment. Can incorporate the use of various blended learning modalities, but it is a live event that is directed by a facilitator. The learning is interactive, all attendees participate—virtual and on-site.
: Synchronous, face-to-face learning event delivered onsite and to remote participants. Learning is interactive with two-way audio/video and takes place with other learners and a live instructor.
- Flexibility for students and instructors
- Face-to-Face interaction
- Engaging community
As you can see, there are lots of things to consider when choosing your training methods and a variety of options to pick from.
The challenge for businesses and training professionals is not discovering the latest, hottest training delivery trend. The challenge is answering the question: Now that training delivery technologies have matured, how do I deliver effective learning programs that achieve my business goals? When deciding which training delivery method to use, consider your audience and content. Take a closer look at what training technologies have to offer and how they will be used to supplement your training program or used when developing new ones.