Let me give you an example. ELearning, a major innovation in itself, is continuing to evolve, and a part of that evolution is online virtual training. The key difference between guided online verses straight eLearning is, firstly, you’re getting a live trainer online. Unlike webinars, guided online sessions are highly interactive and contain quite a bit of learner input for participants to discuss and ask questions not only of the trainer but also of other learners in the session.
Online virtual training combines the best of face-to-face, online and social learning, and the results are profound.
Firstly, there is the quality in-depth learning it brings, where learners receive the best content from the classroom environment and facilitation techniques that have been moved seamlessly into the digital world. With high quality trainers and high quality materials, you’re already on your way to a great learning experience that can include role playing and scenarios.
Flexibility and convenience are two more benefits. Using virtual training, learners get exactly what they need, say a specific skill like creating and using formulas in Excel, at the time they choose and in a short, punchy session.
Thirdly, low cost. Because of its targeted approach, the price of live, interactive facilitated online learning is much lower than if you’d have to build a customised eLearning course or send students to a classroom-based course.
And finally, unlike self-paced learning there’s a high degree of “stickiness” associated with virtual training. In our experience, completion rates are as close to 100 per cent are you’re ever likely to see from a learning intervention, and this is something that really resonates with clients who are using technology in this manner.
Virtual learning is a splendid example—but only one of many—of technologies that are making new, highly efficient ways of learning possible.