Learning is a fundamental mechanism in modern organizations as it shapes their professional, social, and commercial patterns. The current knowledge-driven economy provides new uncertainties and opportunities for corporate learning. One among such opportunities is definitely eLearning, as this technology-driven format accommodates needs for budget, schedule flexibility, on-demand learning, audience size and location. Likewise, you may assume that we must include the traditional classroom based Instructor Led Training (ILT) among the uncertainties due to the same concerns. Well, not exactly!

From our 15+ years’ worth of experience in the eLearning and learning technology industry, we have observed that Instructor Led Training still remains unchallenged under many scenarios. When you need to gain complex skills that provide a distinguishing edge to your organization, ILT assures you higher chance of success. Other advantages include:

  • Training by Experts

ILT is one of the best learning modes, to learn from industry veterans and experts. The instructor’s knowledge of the subject matter helps individuals or groups understand the topic in greater detail. With such expert level of guidance and approach, ILT becomes more focused towards a clear learning objective, and when coupled with real-time assessments (quizzes or Q&A), it practically guarantees fulfillment of these objectives in a timely manner. Depending upon the subject matter, the ILT format may also differ. It could be one-on-one, through seminars, webinars, or small groups for highly interactive sessions. It could also be conducted as a workshop, if a practical demonstration is necessary to increase learners’ engagement.

  • Face-to- Face Interaction

Direct face-to-face interaction with the instructor and fellow learners, and the facility to have real-time problem solving or having detailed discussions, can help give structure and purpose to learning. ILT provides motivation and a greater sense of achievement as the learning goals and the approach are predefined, disruptive activities are minimal, and the learning time frame is already fixed. All of these factors combined together create a consistent environment for learning and retention.

  • Adaptability

Every learner is different and instructors are aware of it. If the learning goal is to develop a deep understanding of some new technology or an intricate policy then, generally, many learners would require tailored guidance, which can be easily accommodated in ILT. It also provides the facility to practice a newly-acquired skill with the expert instructor to assist with troubleshooting, problem-solving or giving constructive feedback. Also, the instructor’s approach to the subject can be adapted if they realize that the learners are not retaining the information as expected. They can return to a previous point or explain a particular section further if they sense any confusion. This helps in reinforcing the knowledge gained by the learners. This feature renders uniqueness to ILT.

  • Realistic and High-Risk Training

Various industries, like Aviation, Automobiles, Construction, Defense, and Healthcare, require training in as much a realistic situation as possible because of the risks and occasional dangers involved at the job-site. To make the workplace safe, productive and sustainable, highest standards in professional competence and the best practices are required at all times. Such high-risk and high-responsibility industries mostly require ILT to be conducted with the help of veterans and experts to provide in-person practice and immediate feedback.

  • Peer group interaction

Peer group activities like brainstorming, problem-solving or role-playing in ILT provide greater value to a learner than his initial set goals. It is observed that employees learn a lot from one another as well as from the trainer. The potential learning outcomes of peer interactions are reciprocal. While expert interaction with the trainer has significant amount of benefits, peer interaction induces mutual learning, responsibility, cooperation, and support. Many a times these interactions lead to long-lasting network of bonds and professional relationships.

Take Away

These five reasons ascertain that in many situations there is no reasonable substitute for ILT. It will continue to impart the benefits of expert in-person guidance, peer-group learning, social interaction, discussion or reasoning, and real-time assessments/ feedback, to workforce training. The key to success of ILT is to map it correctly to the topic and the learning objectives of the organization.

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