Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) — “VILT to Last”

What Is Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)?

Benefits of VILT

  • 86% of VILT participants considered the experience ‘just as engaging as’ or ‘more engaging than’ traditional classroom training
  • All were highly satisfied with the VILT experience
  • Results in terms of participant engagement, skill retention and mastery, behavior change, and organizational results with VILT and traditional classroom training were identical

Challenges of VILT

  • Holding shorter sessions — an hour max
  • Changing modalities frequently — about every 3 to 5 minutes — alternating between lecture, PowerPoint presentations, videos, discussion, quizzes/surveys, breakout sessions, and requesting feedback either verbally or by writing on a virtual whiteboard or in a chat function
  • Limit the number of learners to about 20, as interactivity becomes impractical with large numbers of participants

How to Successfully Implement VILT

Choose the right technology

A VILT session conducted in Zoom

Create learning content

Deliver training to your learners

  • Does everyone know what is going to happen and when each facet will be engaged? Some participants may have to adjust their schedule to make sure they can attend together with everyone else at the same time, and you may need to coordinate with other departments to facilitate their participation.
  • Do all of your learners have experience with taking online classes? Everybody has a first time, and it can be challenging — and sometimes the psychological aspect of virtual instruction can be more intimidating than the actual process, which can even be fun.

VILT Best Practices

  • Know their software, the platform, and the material to be taught inside and out, as they cannot ‘hem and haw’ as sometimes occurs in physical classes to “buy time” — as here, it will just lose your audience
  • Do a test run to make sure all equipment and software are working as they should
  • Arrange for a moderator and/or tech expert to be on hand at all times, as a moderator allows breakout groups (and disturbing elements) to be handled efficiently and a tech expert keeps everyone online/connected at all times
  • Send a brief/outline of what will be covered to all learners beforehand, so everyone will be “on the same channel” during the class
  • Check to see that all learners have received and read/studied (and understood and retained) any preparatory materials that were sent out and analyze the results — see if they read the material to the end and took (and passed) any quizzes that were included in the material — a function that an LMS handles with ease
  • Practice, practice, practice
  • Know the software and check their equipment so that class time doesn’t become downtime
  • Get buy-in from family members that class time is quiet time
  • Deactivate and/or silence all sources of distraction, such as phones and email and messaging apps/programs
  • Read/study any preparatory class materials and make sure that any ‘homework’ has been submitted
  • Your learners must not be a source of noise — make sure they have set up their home classroom effectively (phones on silent mode, etc.)
  • Arguments and bullying are not allowed
  • Use the raise hand function to maintain order
  • Message when and how it is appropriate (this includes writing on the virtual whiteboard)

Final Thoughts

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