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The Pathway Toward Instructor-led Training

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Instructor-led training (ILT) is not dead!! Actually, it has been reforming into the best training module. According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workplace report, the percentage of companies opting for ILT classes has increased to 85% from 75%.

Why?

Because the companies woke up at the right time to increase their productivity thereby increasing their employee’s talents and skills. Acting effectively never carries advantage unless acted upon at the right time.

Instructor-led training is the most common form of professional and corporate training. What professionals actually think about ILT classes? A class with an instructor in front of the classroom with a slide deck, isn’t it?

Not exactly.

The traditional classroom method is one of the examples of ILT. Other than traditional classrooms, ILT has a plethora of forms to take in. Trainers are now using technological improvements in one-on-one training and in other lectures to fit in the label. Hence, the ILT has gained its form in a corporate environment.

Though e-learning and other sophisticated learning method arrive at the station, the ILT classes with “updated” subject matter experts are what the clients expect. Hence, ILT is no longer away from the corporate training frame.

According to the National Research Business Institute, 23% of the employees have been losing the job due to a lack of training and development opportunities. Companies of all sizes undergo corporate training to their employees for good reason.

Technology as a savior has been helping the ILT methods to undergo classes with different dimensions. Many corporates know the demand of a well-skilled employer for a job. Hence, there are many training methods to improve the talents of an employee. Instructor-led training is an effort to make things easier. 

Methodology and terminology of ILT

According to the 2016 Benchmark Report, nearly 70 percent of the corporate companies have been adapted instructor-led-training. As per the report, moralities and beneficial for the trainer has been enhanced. Other than that, types of ILT like Hybrid ILT and Virtual ILT has been transforming the abilities of the training professionals.  

Virtual ILT or virtual classroom training is a sort of training that has been delivered in a virtual or simulated environment which when both the instructor and the trainer are in separate locations. VILT has especially been designed to simulate a classroom sort of environment to the learner. It can be conducted both synchronously and asynchronously.

Hybrid ILT is what the name describes. It incorporates both traditional classroom settings and the virtual learning environment. With the help of technology, learners can participate in learning sessions from remote locations.

Here is just a comparison report prepared by the Training industry, Inc on behalf of GoToTraining.

The flow chart explains the mode of instructor-led training trends. The trend in ILT is enablement through technology that occupies both in hybrid and virtual delivery. It helps in keeping the instructor important even when many technological sessions are offered. For instance, through e-learning has paved the technical way for learners, the overall proportion of instructors’ importance remains the same.

How to set up Instructor-Led Training?

As of now, we have seen the company’s point of view regarding Instructor-led training. Now it is the time to spray light upon the efforts of the trainer. Do you know how an instructor gets into the training flow? Maybe their experience fastens them on the right track. But, there is a proper way of fixing the training environment. Here are the enlisted things that help in knowing the set up for Instructor-led training.

  • Outlining objectives
  • Relevancy
  • Determining the way of presentation
  • Creating a plan

Outlining the objectives

Every training needs an objective. The instructor has the responsibility to decide the flow of the training. he/she needs to know how to train their candidates well and master them in a particular domain. The outline and understanding of the objectives greatly help in good successful training.

Do not just set up your mind to make them know what you are teaching. Instead, the trainer has to make them understand your points in a clear cut way. Look at the knowledge gap each trainee possess. Accordingly, group them and identify the way of approach they ought to need. This helps the trainer to move forward with effective training.

Relevancy

After coming up with the successful outline for a training, cross-check whether the topics and the technology you choose mixes up with the client’s need or the candidate’s domain. It is as simple as connecting the dots. Make sure that you are in the right way in engaging the pool of candidates.

Determining the way of presentation

After checking whether you are preparing relevant information, it is time to decide the way you present. Many candidates are not in a mood to listen to the history and the evolution of the technologies. Instead, the trainers have to make a short and crisp session that fills up the trainees’ knowledge gap. So, how to make it a short way of determining the presentation. Just keep these things in mind before you move forward.

  • Make sure that whether you are standing up alone in covering the topics, or do you need another instructor to supplement you.
  • List down the critical skills your team ought to know. Make them understand the skills. Forecheck whether your idea has reached them successfully.
  • Make a note on the timings and the place of the training.
  • Have a clear picture of the digital aids you ought to use during the sessions.
  • Confirm whether you need any sound aids like a microphone or you are audible to everyone

It is important to put varieties into the training modes. Make sure that you have been engaging the candidates with your unique teaching skills.

Creating a plan

Of course, every successful training is the result of successful planning. Just plan data and inputs for each training session. Probably, you will have to include the objective of the particular topic, why this has been included in the outline, etc. Do not forget to get feedback from the candidates once the training ends well.

By following the above-mentioned steps, an instructor can undergo several successful pieces of training. Many instructors are getting knowledge and tuning up their skills to enhance spectacular training methods.

Okay, what’s next?? After getting a slight interaction with present-day technologies, do you think Instructor-led training still has a role incorporate? Yes, of course. Irrespective of the technologies, the Instructor-led training never fades up in the corporate world.

5 reasons why Instructor-led training is here to stay in the corporate world

Many corporate training experts wonder why Instructor-led training can never be replaced through other instructive modes. No modality can replace the effective benefits of ILT. Here are the top 5 reasons why ILT stays still shining in the corporate world.

  • Knowledge retention
  • Context to complexity
  • Strengthens corporate culture
  • Door to innovation
  • Personalized delivery

Knowledge retention

Though an individual learner gains knowledge through other technological modes like e-learning, knowledge retention is quite possible through ILT rather than e-learning. There are many reasons behind the stickiness of ILT.

Compared to the online classes, the classroom environment helps in providing the focused environment to the learner. It encourages participation and discussions.

Context to complexity

In current technology-based learning, e-learning or online courses are superior. But, those classes are not all-rounder in all aspects. For example, the online learning that has increased flexibility, availability, cannot fulfill the learner’s other requirement including interaction, engagement, and/or deep analysis.

The traditional ILT provides those learning scenarios in an amazing way. ILT mainly includes deep examination, participation, and role-playing.

Strengthens corporate culture

We all know that the business has become more competent these days. In the competitive field, many professions undertake sessions to keep them updated. Compared to the e-learning methods, the off-site and in-person classes are considered to be a privilege and strengthens corporate culture. Relationship building, collaboration, learning, and memorable experiences through classroom training are second to none.  

Door to innovation

Suggesting Instructor-led training as the preferred learning method does not underestimate the technology. Elearning contents are part of classroom learning. The innovations in hybrid technology have gone to its peak that allows the students to attend virtual classes at remote locations. 

It helps in getting the knowledge to the learner thereby experiencing the same collaboration, interaction, and knowledge sharing as like physical classrooms.

Personalized delivery

Instructor-led training helps the candidates to get special customized training according to their knowledge level. Even instructors find it easy to analyze and make necessary actions for technically low students.

According to the understanding level of the learner, he/she can get more or less information about the particular subject. Thereby, ILT allows in more rewarding with a customized learning experience.

Taking these factors into account, Instructor-led training has the power to train, interact, and Spotify specific details to the learners in an amazing and interactive way.

Still, there are few pitfalls that arise when the instructor fails to look after a few essential things. Do not worry!! Here is the list. Make sure that you are going through these things before entering into the Instructor-led training.

So, what are the pitfalls in Instructor-led training and How to tackle it?

Pitfall 1: Longer sessions with boring methods

Do you think a long session with full information satisfies the learner? No, it is not like that. Instead, the session must be filled with informative classes thereby including some interactive activities too.

Do you remember the excitement when your normal boring classes turned into smart video classes? A splendid and memorable experience, isn’t it?

Likewise, use different technologies to keep your learner focused on the class. It is a known fact that everyone is tethered to their mobile phones these days. Use some mobile learning methods to bring interaction in the learning session. Few tips to make interactive learning methods,

  • Use social media
  • Create a collaborative environment
  • Essential breaks between an hour or so

By following these tips, you can eliminate the boredom and lack of interaction in the Instructor-led training.

Pitfall 2: Flustering in front of the learners

Gone are the days where students used to listen to the blabbers of the instructors. We are living in a world where technologies like AI has been ruling the cyber and technological world.

Here, as an instructor, flustering is utterly useless. Keep yourself calm and take the environment under control. Try to make the classroom ready to learn. Here are a few tips to rectify your pitfall.

  • Make participants turn off their gadgets
  • Make sure you are familiar enough with the content you ought to convey to the pool
  • Just have a scan all over the room and get into interaction with distracted learners. Make them feel comfortable with the learning atmosphere
  • Be approachable and have a decent sense of humor that helps a lot in getting the engagement and interaction between the instructor and the learners.

Pitfall 3: Absence of facilitation

Few learners fail in facilitating a particular topic to the learners. Though it is a small part of your job, make it more than the level best to give the perfect out figures for the learners. Be available for the learners at any time to clear their doubts. Be ready to engage the learners and get the best out of them.

By rectifying these pitfalls, the instructor can be well prepared on both before, after, and during the sessions. Learning the methods to tackle the pitfalls helps you in both present and future days. Future days will include Instructor-led training in great ways.

Instructor-led training in the 21st century: Future of ILT

Do you have any idea regarding the future of ILT? Yes, you are right. It is going to be the best and preferred method of training to have live interaction with satisfied learning. 

Managing ILT in the future comprises three essential things.

  • Cost-effective method to compete for online solution
  • Improve efficiency through session collaboration
  • Transparency in enabling reports and decision making

Apart from these essential things, Instructor-led training has completely led to a new way. For years, we have been driving innovation through learner experience The fact makes sense in online learning.

On the contrary, it affects inferior engagement. Whereas, the Instructor-led training has the power of engaging the learners in the right way thereby increasing their excitement in learning new things. On the whole, the path of Instructor-led training goes in a specific module that differs from that of the online training methods.

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