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VILT training - the new way of learning

LGIT Smart Solutions pioneered VILT during the past 5 years.

We all love videos because we can consume them, when and where we want, but we dislike training, especially when they are long, one-sided and bombarded with repetitive information and poor presentation skills. Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) was born when people moved away from classroom training and went online.

What is Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)?

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is certainly worth millions of them! Studies indicates that students retain 50% of the content they hear and see in the form of a video versus only 10% of what they read. The enormous success of various video training programs indicates that most learners prefer video over text.

In VILT, training is conducted by a trainer using an online tool, which allows two-way communication between the trainer and the learner. Information is shared through video, documents, and written notes with the learners in real-time.

Instructor and learners are in separate locations, reaching widely dispersed learners efficiently and cost-effectively. Virtual instruction environments are designed to simulate the traditional classroom or learning experience. Participants can connect with the content and interact with both the instructor and other classmates.

Within business, VILT is principally driven by the need to effectively train a growing and more dispersed population at a controllable cost. Its use enables delivery of valuable learning experiences for employees, customers and partners while avoiding travel and lodging costs, and valuable time spent away from the job.

Bottom-line, it’s a cost-effective way for participants to learn from disparate locations, while still providing the guidance of a live facilitator with opportunities for classroom interaction and peer-based learning. It’s the happy marriage of instructor-led training (ILT) and e-Learning.

Benefits of VILT

  1. Train anyone, anywhere with a human element A recent study by Nielsen indicates that nearly 44% of all web videos are seen while at work. So, it makes sense to use video learning as a tool to keep employees engaged and motivated rather than opting for text-based communication. Also, VILT offers a human element and thus employees feel personally mentored.

  2. Interactivity VILT allows learners to ask questions, express views, participate in discussions, and get trained together irrespective of their location. The learners can also download various study aids in various formats such as PDFs, online links, videos, whitepapers, and PowerPoint slides. It is also possible to make notes online, share them with other participants and raise concern if there’s any doubt. VILT Provides real-time interaction with the instructor and classmates from the comfort of your home or office.

  3. Trackable learner performance Using VILT, you can track user’s performance by using analytics, direct questions, assessments, engagement techniques, or a combination of all of these. Using VILT, it is easier to track learner’s performance and provide instant feedback.

  4. Reduced cost VILT training can be disseminated from anywhere and employees can attend from their desks or homes. This can save an organization a huge amount of money that is otherwise spent on traveling, lodging and arranging for appropriate training classrooms.

  5. Convenience VILT students can choose when and where they would like to participate in training courses – whether they are at home, in the office, or on their mobile devices.

  6. Modular design To appeal to busy students and professionals, many of our VILT programs offer training content in short, incremental modules or sessions, which can be completed independently or in combination with other courses or curricula.

  7. Increased capacity and scalability VILT can accommodate large numbers students without increasing the amount of materials or space needed in typical classroom settings.

  8. Increased diversity Because of the reach that VILT provides, students and instructors from a variety of culture and geographic backgrounds can participate simultaneously. This presents opportunities for individuals to advance their skills while gaining access to colleagues and experts from other locations.

VILT Projects at LGIT

During the past 5 years, LGIT Smart Solutions has delivered VILT training projects to students across MEA (Africa and Middle East). We accommodate between 30 to 60 students per class, and are scalable to 200 per class.

We delivered the following training projects to date. Most of these were delivered multiple times to various globally dispersed audiences.

  • Exchange Server

  • Office 365

  • Azure Administration

  • Azure Developer

  • Azure Architecture

  • Big Data

  • Microsoft R

  • Machine Learning

  • HDInsight

  • Microsoft 365

  • Selling Cloud Solutions

  • Growth Mindset

  • Marketing

We use various components and tools to keep students engaged, providing official vendor courseware and online labs, monitor and encourage progress, and measure competency.

Our unique VILT mix has decreased the drop-out rate below 10%!

Sounds like the optimal option for your organisation? Then give us a call or send us an enquiry.

We are happy to help solve your business' learning needs.

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