Virtual Instructor led Training or VILT encompasses training and knowledge sharing in a virtual environment providing a simulated experience. Under this form of training, the instructor and the student/ learner are present in different locations and the entire learning journey takes place in the virtual set up. The simulated environment provides a hands-on and experiential learning trajectory which leads to better understanding, faster knowledge uptake and greater retention.
The rise of hybrid work, better connectivity, and network bandwidth as well as a geographically dispersed workforce and employee base have all contributed to the increased adoption of VILT as a preferred mode of training for organizations across the globe. Software companies are increasingly using VILT for sales training, customer demos and sandboxing for their customers, employers and vendors.
With an increase in the need for hands-on learning coupled with an expectation to scale and manage different trainings, Virtual Instructor-led Training is gaining momentum. Virtual Instructor-led Training augments the accessibility and scalability of training without enormously increasing costs or additional efforts and support. As a mode of instruction, it is agile, resilient and scalable. Some of the top benefits include:
VILT and online training are both effective forms of e-learning, but they are suited to different situations. VILT is ideal for situations where real-time interaction with an instructor is important, such as in software training or professional certifications. Online training is more suited to situations where learners need flexibility in terms of when and where they access the material, such as in academic settings or for personal development.
However, here are some key differences between the two: