3 Value-add Cases for Virtual Instructor-Led Training

In the era of mobile and digital learning, teachers and trainers are becoming increasingly obsolete. With the help of modern technology, we are able to design engaging and interactive learning experiences. Results speak for themselves and often we find that there is fairly little value-add by the traditional trainer for ordinary topics. However, instructor-led training still has value. And by transitioning to virtual instructor-led training (VILT), we can often achieve even more value thanks to the added agility and flexibility. Here are 3 value-add cases for virtual instructor-led training.

1. Instructor-Led Technical Training with Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) technology has and will continue to have a tremendous effect on the way we teach and learn. In addition to providing fun experiences for e.g. onboarding, AR will likely provide the most value in technical training. With technology available already today, we can leverage AR for live virtual instructor-led training.

Lets consider a training for complex engineering jobs. Instead of moving experts across the globe, they can comfortably train these tasks from their home office. The trainee will be equipped with a wearable device similar to smart glasses. Meanwhile, the trainer on the other side of the world only needs a tablet computer. After connecting, the trainer is able to see what the trainee sees through his glasses. Furthermore, the trainer is able to influence the trainee’s scope of view by e.g. drawing and pointing to objects. These interactions appear on the trainee’s view as augmented reality objects, in real-time. The trainee can also open supporting resources such as videos, manuals and documents to his own view without having to let go of the task at hand. Naturally, the trainee’s headset is equipped with an integrated camera that records all the tasks completed automatically.

These kind of scenarios will likely be commonplace for technical trainings in just a few years’ time. The increased safety, agility and flexibility and the sheer cost savings of this way of training are too great to ignore.

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2. Learning Interventions and Support through VILT

As much as we can do with digital learning, sometimes we do need a face-to-face and human-to-human interaction. Perhaps a group of learners are not performing as expected or we encounter behaviour that requires rapid change. In these types of situations, it’s great to have a chance to have a live video call between the trainer and the learners. This way, the trainer can help clarify the topics at hand or provide the support the learners need to keep performing.

However, instead of guess-work and irrelevant interventions, it’s important to combine this with an analytical approach. By leveraging learning data and seamless tracking technologies, we ensure that the interventions are relevant. Furthermore, by employing proper analytics we ensure that the interventions are proactive rather than reactive. By solving both individual and group learning challenges before they arise, we can ensure minimum down-time and maximum efficiency.

3. Virtual Instructor-Led Training in Coaching and Mentoring

As with the learning interventions and support, coaching is also an area where digital can provide added agility and flexibility. Thanks to constant connectivity, coaching and mentoring can become on-demand. Whenever the mentee encounters a challenge, they can connect to their coach and mentor to get assistance. Instead of managing traditional appointments and daily schedules, a quick pulse check over the internet is often the more efficient alternative.

Similar to any other functions, the virtual coaches should use analytics as well. By pulling data from HRM systems, learning systems and performance tracking platforms, the coaches can get an unmatched view to the learners’ activities. This enables the coaches to recognise not only the learning problems, but also the business challenges their learners are facing. Hence, they are able to provide much more personalised and relevant advice and focus on what matters – the business.

 

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