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What is virtual training?
In essence, virtual training is training that doesn’t happen in a physical environment. As a result, we would define it as training in a virtual environment that uses new technologies — usually the web.
As with all learning, virtual training can be synchronous or asynchronous. For the uninitiated, these terms refer to the way training is conducted.
On the one hand, asynchronous training is self-paced. When we refer to virtual training it is, of course, delivered via the web, but learners can go through the course at their own pace.
Synchronous training, on the other hand, is led by an instructor. These sessions are (usually) live and conducted via videoconferencing tools. Virtual sessions led by an instructor are known as virtual instructor-led training (VILT).
Virtual and remote training: What’s the difference?
Often you’ll see both terms used interchangeably since both remote and virtual training solutions happen in online virtual environments. However, there is one key difference between them.
When we use the term remote training, we mean that both parties (learners and instructors) are separated by physical distance. Courses are delivered on a training software tool and learners can log in from any place to complete them.
The term virtual training, on the other hand, does not tell us much about the training audience. Instructors and learners can be physically apart or in the same space. The term only refers to the nature of the delivery method (i.e using the web).
Why should you use an LMS for virtual training?
Whether you're transitioning to virtual or are looking for a better way to manage existing online training, you can't go wrong by using a learning management system (LMS).
First, an LMS, by its nature, is a tool specifically designed for training. Second, learners can have all the learning materials in one place, and instructors can keep all parts of training organized.
Offer training, not just video calls
A simple videoconferencing tool might be great for an on-site-like experience but it’s only one part of virtual training. With an LMS, you can develop a complete training plan with learner paths, various learning tools, and training analytics.
Make your training stick
Record your video training sessions so your teams can go back any time to go over what they didn’t catch, and retain the info. Save training sessions to your resource library, and never worry about delivering the same training twice.
Keep everything organized
Don’t switch between tools to keep training in order. Keep your calendar, learner performance reports, assessments, and communication tools in the same tab and never get lost again. Your browser, CPU, and mind deserve a break.
Raise your game
LMSs offer a variety of advanced training tools. As soon as you get the hang of them, you’ll go from a virtual training host into an effective training manager. Explore the world of online training and expand your own potential.
Why TalentLMS is the only virtual training software tool you need
TalentLMS, as a leader in its category and the best LMS in the market, is the one and only resource you need to start training virtually right away. Here’s why:
Virtual training without manuals
With TalentLMS, you don’t have to spend hours figuring out how it works. Enjoy ready-to-use features out of the box, with an intuitive virtual training platform you’ll instinctively know how to use. No installation guides needed.
Integration with your current tools
Use software and systems you already use and make the most out of your new virtual training software. Work with videoconferencing and HR tools you’re familiar with, and build a complete training hub you’ll enjoy to use.
Training that goes live fast
Forget about lengthy user onboarding processes, and go live 2x faster than with the category average. With TalentLMS, everything happens instantly. Create your free account now, go live by the end of the day.
Training sessions learners love
TalentLMS thinks about your learners’ experience, so you don’t have to. Boost training engagement with an intuitive interface your teams will instinctively know how to use as soon as they log in for the first time.
Support every step of your way
Kickstart your virtual training journey with some extra, expert advice. TalentLMS’s support teams are always available to help you make the most out of your account. Send your query and get a response from an actual human in less than 2 hours.
Free and cardless until you say so
Virtual training platforms can be costly, but TalentLMS is a game-changer. Sign up for free (no credit card required), see how the platform works for you, and upgrade to a plan tailored to your needs exactly when you need it.
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The benefits of virtual training
Online training has been a proven way to deliver training online for quite some time. In fact, back in 2017, an ATD research report1 suggested that 86% of all organizations were already using virtual training or were planning to start soon.
So, how does it benefit employees? Let’s take a look:
It’s the perfect transition from the classroom (or any physical space) to the web. When employees are used to face-to-face training, virtual is the best option to keep team spirit alive.
81% of organizations mark saving on travel costs as a reason to go virtual.
Virtual instructor-led training is actually satisfying. 86% of virtual training participants rated the experience “just as engaging” or “more engaging than” classroom training. On top of that, 100% of the respondents were highly satisfied with the overall experience.2
Other statistics also prove the effectiveness of VILT programs. More specifically, participants averaged a score of 90% on a skill mastery test (1% higher than scores in traditional classroom sessions).3
Knowledge retention is significantly higher with online training compared to offline learning. According to Gartner, 70% of B2B sales reps forget the information they learn within a week of training. On the other hand, according to Harvard Business Review, with virtual training, 80% of information is retained after 60 days with the spacing effect.4
Best practices and virtual training tips
51% of trainers5 don’t feel comfortable delivering training virtually. Are you one of them? Here you’ll find some tips, ideas, and best practices to get you started.
1. Make learning faster
David Maxfield, VP of Research at VitalSmarts, says that, in traditional classroom training, it’s typical to change modalities every 15 minutes. For virtual learners, though, it’s different.
Attention span decreases when training online, so it’s best to change learning modalities every 3 to 5 minutes. This will boost engagement and build an interactive experience both for instructors and learners.
Another critical factor to keep in mind is that learners might feel the urge to multitask. Quick modality changes eliminate distraction, social media use, and surfing during the course.
2. Keep it cool, and fight learner fatigue
Employees spend most of their work hours in front of a computer screen, so they may want a different approach. Virtual training software and tools are definitely useful, but they need to be used accurately for better results.
Reduce the time your team spends in front of their screen by reducing your training hours. Keep your training sessions shorter and have breaks to prevent learner fatigue. If you’re not sure about when, how often, and for how long is appropriate to offer training, survey your learners.
3. Use virtual learning tools made to increase engagement
Live video-based learning is a great way to increase learner engagement, but it should be an additional asset — not the main delivery method. With the right learning management system, you can take control of your training and experiment with quizzes, polls, and interactive multimedia.
These types of interactive options make training more interesting because they encourage learners to act.
4. Review your performance with video recordings
Focusing on your learners can make instructors forget about another critical training party. Themselves.
In 2016, Online Learning Consortium6 asked VILT instructors on how to increase the effectiveness of virtual training classrooms. One of the top 5 tips for instructors was to record themselves while training, go back to the recording, and see how they could improve.
To make sure you’re on the right track to becoming the best instructor you could ever be, you need to:
Test a bunch of different approaches
Take some online training yourself to see how experienced instructors do it
Or even consult with an instructional designer
The better you become as an instructor, the better your training will be.
5. Think of it as a classroom
Whatever you do, never skimp on interaction. If there’s one thing that makes classroom training interesting, is that it’s often interactive and feels a lot like a conversation. This is exactly how you should approach virtual training, too.
Speak with, and don’t talk to your learners. Create a compelling course and make them look forward to their next session. Keep them hooked, and they will perform.
1. Virtual Classrooms Now: Using Technology to Reach Today's Workforces: https://www.td.org/research-reports/virtual-classrooms-now
2.,3. Virtual vs. Classroom Training: https://trainingmag.com/virtual-vs-classroom-training/
4. 7 Neuroscience Benefits of Virtual, Instructor-Led Training (VILT) for Sales Teams: https://vengreso.com/blog/neuroscience-benefits-virtual-training-sales-teams
5. Converting from In-person to Virtual Training? Here are a few considerations: https://trainlikeachampion.blog/in-person-to-virtual/
6. Virtual Classroom Training Survey: What Can We Learn From Our Colleagues?: https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/olc-research-virtual-classroom-training-survey/
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