INSTRUCTOR LED TRAINING
Instructor Led Training
By Scott Creger and Moises Solis
A CreateINterest Now Series
The coronavirus pandemic is challenging organizations to rethink their approach to training. As more employees around the country now find themselves in a remote workspace, leaders are looking for best practices in engaging their employees and driving performance. While employee engagement is difficult under the best of circumstances, it’s especially challenging when people are isolated and are limited to having regular contact with co-workers.
Instructor-led training is one of the best practices of engagement and employee education. Instructors, or facilitators, may be knowledgeable and experienced in the learning material, but they are also used more for their facilitation skills and ability to deliver material to learners. Facilitators deliver training as an interactive workshop in which they can use different methods to engage learners and embrace different learning styles.
Whether there are team members in offices across the country or remote workers at home; live online or onsite instructor led training will offer teams the needed engagement with the benefit of continuous development. Below are some of the benefits of live instructor led training:
- Big Picture Understanding–
Organizational alignment is critical. The right Instructor led training gives employees a renewed sense of purpose and unity. In a remote work environment, employees focus on their responsibilities and sometimes lose sight of the role their work plays in the big picture. When you bring people together, their shared experiences, problems, and opportunities combine to form a picture of what’s happening in the organization and how each person contributes to the larger objectives.
- Immersive Learning Environment –
Learning is about understanding, practicing, and experiencing new knowledge and skills in a meaningful and relevant way. It is paramount to have students practicing their newly-acquired skills and applying them to real world scenarios. The classroom focus intensifies as the instructor engages participants with techniques that grab and hold the attention of the trainees, encourage participation, and build connections. Whether onsite or online, the training specialist will facilitate the audience experience, engage the audience, and keep participants hooked to the screen or classroom. And, because people are in a controlled space for a fixed period of time, you have the opportunity to train them without them being distracted by competing demands.
- Opportunity to Teach and Learn; and Build a Personal Network-
Just having the opportunity to build a collaborative network with other participants can be worth the company’s investment in bringing them together. Teams can share ideas, work in groups, and debate with their peers. This contributes to bonding, team building, and group problem solving. Facilitators drive interaction to get the team to share examples, stories, and best practices. Skilled facilitators will encourage participation that create bonding opportunities.
- Immediate Feedback-
If a certain training module is confusing, too slow, or too fast, the instructor can immediately adjust the teaching plan to accommodate real-time feedback. On-demand feedback. Live instructor-led trainings allow individuals to share their challenges and utilize the group and facilitator to help solve them. E-learning does not offer an on-demand option for feedback that can support an individual’s instant application. In a remote classroom, chat boards can be a great source for a collaborative problem. Individuals in a classroom setting can understand tone and content, making it more efficient for a facilitator to filter through the messages and find a solution.
A good facilitator will adapt the training content to the specific needs of the participants in the classroom and will follow the lead of the class to help them find ways to solve problems. With e-learning, there is little adaptability to address this type of issue. Experienced corporate trainers and facilitators can also adapt the material to certain skill levels, personalities, and learning styles. Experiential, or kinesthetic learners can struggle with e-learning content because of its presentation and limited opportunities for a hands-on approach. Live trainings, by design, can support all types of learners.
Facilitators are better able to identify an individual’s comprehension by leveraging group exercises and discussions. If they find that the audience is struggling with a topic, facilitators can modify their approach and provide additional information to ensure individuals understand the content. The built-in accountability offers a return on investment opportunity where facilitators will ensure individuals are capturing the necessary learnings to then apply in the organization.
There is no reason to stop employee development during a crisis. Whether onsite or online training offers what teams need to grow and develop.
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