ILT & VILT Services
Tortal Instructor Led Training (ILT) and Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) provide cutting-edge, interactive training sessions for your employees. Each training session is designed to be facilitated by a real person with experience on the topic and allows you to track the effectiveness of the training in real time, including giving crucial feedback to learners. Most businesses use a blended training approach with a combination of eLearning and instructor-led training as well as virtual instructor-led training to create the most cost- and time-effective training solution.
What Is Instructor Led Training?
Instructor led training (ILT) is the style of in-person classroom training that most people are familiar with. An individual facilitator leads a group of people at a designated time and place, teaching them a new skill and reinforcing or expanding on previous skills, similar to the classroom experience you may have had in school.
Instructor led training is a good fit for groups that are learning a complex skill or topic, especially when it requires hands-on practice to master or group collaboration to provide the most benefit. The personalized connection, mentor opportunities and networking aspect of instructor led training are superior to other training solutions. However, in some situations, it may be impractical and expensive to utilize in a business setting.
Tortal’s Instructor Led Training Services
Tortal helps businesses lead their own training programs by designing and developing facilitator and participant guides as well as materials for presentations and hands on activities.
Our expert services help you design and develop your own learning program to support and provide consistent ILT to maximize results and meet your key performance indicators (KPIs).
What Is Virtual Instructor Led Training?
In virtual instructor-led training (VILT) situations, a facilitator guides the learning of a new skill or idea from a virtual space, such as a web class. VILT offers an appealing combination of personalized attention from an expert and the convenience of online learning, allowing training to happen anywhere, at any time. You can set up your VILT so that the instructor is available to answer questions and learners interact with each other in group discussions and activities.
The virtual instruction classroom mimics the traditional in-person learning experience, but you can choose between synchronous or asynchronous learning on a schedule that works for you. Those who choose a synchronous environment will leverage tools like instant messaging and video conferencing for real-time interactions. Asynchronous environments use email, message boards, forums, and other tools to communicate even when instructors and learners may be online at different times.
VILT’s flexibility makes many business owners and HR professionals consider it the best of both worlds. You can use it for live training and onboarding employees, providing similar levels of engagement and interaction as an in-person training with a more convenient location and schedule.
Tortal’s Virtual Instructor Led Training Services
Like our ILT services, Tortal helps businesses support their learning programs in-house through the design and development of facilitator guides, participant guides, and presentation collateral. Our VILT services also incorporate the tool your team prefers to use for virtual training. Whether that’s our LMS or another virtual classroom provider, we’ll make VILT simple and easy for your company to implement.
Benefits of ILT vs. VILT
Wondering which approach provides the most benefits to learners? Both ILT and VILT share their place in employee training programs, sharing many of the same benefits. Here’s a breakdown of the benefits and how each approach stacks up.
Expert Instructors: Both ILT and VILT provide access to a real person with experience on the subject. With ILT, the instructor facilitates the training in person, whereas with VILT the instructor facilitates the training via web conferencing (synchronous) or communicates with learners through video chat, discussion boards, and other digital tools (asynchronous).
Personalized Attention: With both ILT and VILT, learners can ask questions of both the instructor and other learners. Instructors can also provide personalized feedback. The only difference is whether this interaction occurs synchronously or asynchronously.
Interactivity: Both ILT and VILT feature interactive activities such as class discussions, opportunities to question the instructor, and more. The only difference is whether these interactions play out in a shared physical space or online. Since some people’s main objection to VILT is the lack of personal and group interaction, it’s good to know that VILT does offer an interactive, human experience. It just occurs in a different format.
Flexibility: ILT must occur at a scheduled time, in a shared space where the instructor and learners can meet in person. That makes it more structured and less flexible than virtual instructor led training. VILT offers the flexibility of training anyone, anywhere, on any web-enabled device either synchronously or asynchronously. VILT eliminates travel time, allowing learners and instructors to interact regardless of location.
Video: ILT can incorporate video, although this is typically included more in VILT because it is engaging and familiar for employees using their personal devices. Employees are already accustomed to watching videos in both their personal and professional lives. And when it comes to learning something new, many people prefer video.
Measurable Results: One of the main challenges with any kind of training is measuring success. ILT typically uses written assessments to determine how well employees understand and retain material. VILT offers more options for measuring progress and results, including tracking tools that measure and evaluate user engagement, providing analytics and feedback in real-time.
Customization: ILT and VILT both provide a pre-determined structure. Instructors can customize courses and learning methods based on industry trends, how learners react during the training or a company’s individual needs. Materials are in an easily accessible digital format, making them simple to adjust prior to each training session.
Tortal Training specializes in developing interactive ILT and VILT solutions. We make effective training easy by creating a customized solution for each client that engages their learners.
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Instructor Led and Virtual Instructor Led Training FAQs
1. What is the difference between ILT (instructor led training) and WBT (web-based training)?
Instructor led training encompasses any course facilitated by an in-person trainer. In the context of the workplace, ILT would consist of employee training conducted on-site at a specific time and place. Instructor led training can also occur online, which is known as virtual instructor led training (VILT). On the other hand, web-based training – also known as eLearning – usually refers to a self-paced online course that can be completed without any interaction between the learner and other learners or the learner and the instructor.
2. What are some examples of instructor led training activities?
Whether conducted in person or virtually, instructor led training activities increase the overall learner engagement and interactive nature of the training. Activities could consist of quizzes, games, debates, brainstorming, polling, discussion questions, small group collaboration, and learner presentations . Many of these activities are also used in traditional classroom settings throughout K-12 and college classes.
3. What do you need for VILT?
To implement VILT, companies need online training materials, a tool for distributing those materials, and something to connect instructors and learners. Learners only need an Internet connection and a computer or mobile device. Tortal provides training development services that incorporate everything businesses need to implement VILT including a Learning Management System. We’ll also work with other tools that your team prefers to use and will provide technical assistance during your VILT launch to ensure everything runs smoothly and every trainee is engaged and tracked from the start.