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Moving ILT to vILT

Updated: Nov 11, 2020



Instructor-Led training or traditional classroom training is the most widely-used training mode used by organizations. Having the instructor and the learners available in the same room makes a lot of difference in the ease of conducting the training and providing just-in-time feedback by scheduling group discussions and quizzes.


The COVID-19 Scenario


However, with the COVID19 impact on global health and training, the current trends are to move towards a virtual mode of Instructor-Led training. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing has become the new normal and Virtual ILTor vILT is the obvious solution for an instructor-led approach while following the social distancing guidelines.


vILT comes to the rescue


So, what is vILT? It is not just an Instructor-Led Training delivered using an online conferencing medium like Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, or Zoom meetings.


To get the best results from your virtual instructor-led training (vILT), you need to design and develop the training keeping in mind that the target audience is separated by geographical distances, time zones, they may have different internet bandwidth, and there are no visual cues. In fact, there are several distractions that they are exposed to while going through the online class.


Due to these reasons, it is very important to design and develop the content keeping in mind the vILT mode of delivery. Just converting an existing presentation is not going to help either. The presentation may need to be modified to suit the needs of the target audience as well as the features of the tool being used for presentation.


Here are the few questions you need to ask yourself why you are working to convert an ILT material to a vILT program?


  • Can the training be completed in 1.5 or 2 hours max?

  • What are the key messages and how to map the learning objectives?

  • What are the audience interactions, Opinion polls, and checks?

  • Are there any anecdotes relevant to the content being taught?

  • Is there a possibility of using infographics?

  • Can we use the flipped classroom approach?

  • How about creating groups in breakout rooms?


In a classroom, it is possible for the instructor to observe the learners and resolve the questions by giving just in time-specific feedback. In case of a vILT setting, the instructor needs to rely on regular knowledge checks and then provide one-on-one feedback to those participants that are not understanding the concept.


Before conducting the session, the quality of hardware, good quality mic and camera plays a vital role in making the learners experience. In addition, check the tool or platform for features that help in enhancing learner engagement and interaction. Some of the popular features include video conferencing, screen sharing, breakout rooms, chat facility, and QnA with the instructor.


Testing the hardware software and the content with a pilot group is very important. You can choose to present the training material initially to a group of friends, or a group of learners who can provide feedback regarding the overall experience for the vILT. And most importantly, engage an experienced learning design consultant for developing the learning content and to boost the effectiveness of your vILT training initiatives.


Tarkus Learning, specialises in providing such solutions and can provide consulting on how to convert your existing ILT modules to a interactive vILT program or an eLearning course and make it more relevant for the learners by customization it to your business needs and goals. Tarkus Learning, specialises in providing such solutions and can provide consulting on how to convert your existing ILT modules to a interactive vILT program or an eLearning course and make it more relevant for the learners by customization it to your business needs and goals.



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