Instructor-led training.... still the best option?

May 7, 2018

In the learning process, nothing can truly replace the interactive experience with a live instructor. Instructor-led training (ILT), enables companies to provide personalized and hands-on learning directly to students.
 
 
Key benefits
  • The ability to ask questions and receive immediate feedback

  • Focus and attention

  • Completion 

  • Better return on investment

  • Opportunities for instructor-learner and learner-learner interactions

 

Immediate feedback

One of the greatest advantages of instructor-led training is that employees have the opportunity to ask questions. Highly-trained corporate trainers and instructors can also adapt their presentations to the skill level and personality of the class they’re teaching. Instructor-led, or traditional, classes can also break off into brainstorming or role-playing groups. Employees get a chance to learn from each other. Most importantly, for complex or highly collaborative subjects, instructor-led training provides the direct immersion experience employees need to learn the material.

 

Focus

When employees attend an instructor-led training session in a classroom – they are better able to focus on what is being taught compared to participating in a remote session from their workplaces. When in class, they have fewer distractions. People are not stopping by their office, their phone isn’t ringing, they are not getting signals from their PCs that they have a new mail message, etc.

 

Completion

Unlike on-demand or online learning which can be picked-up and put down over and over again and perhaps never be completed, the probability of participants completing their learning objectives in a timely manner while in the classroom is practically guaranteed.

 

Better Return on Investment

It’s simple. You get what you pay for, and in the case of instructor led classroom training, you get better results in a condensed, shorter time frame as compared to self-study where people often start and stop their training, resulting in lower retention. Studies show that people retain more of their new knowledge and skills when learning from an instructor in the room with them following a continuous flow of information. Students who are ready to put their new knowledge and skills into action immediately following their training is financially cost-effective for any organization.

 

Individual Attention to Participant Needs

If the instructor notices one or more participants is having specific problems, either in understanding some topic or in applying the learning to their particular situation, he/she will offer to help during breaks or after class. Unfortunately, instructors can’t read these types of body-language signs from participants who are remotely attending the class.

 

To conclude, if instructor led training is the best option it depend on your personal preference. Studies have soon that companies get more results from ILT Training. Regardless of what the training is remember to keep growing your skills!

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