How does virtual instructor-led training (VILT) differ from instructor-led training (ILT)?

Learner on computer during a virtual instructor-led training

There are some differences between ILT and VILT. In VILT, the instructor and participants are not physically in the same location, which can present some unique challenges. Some key differences include:

  • Technology: In VILT, the training platform and technology used to deliver the training must be reliable, user-friendly, and able to support interactive activities.
  • Engagement: In VILT, it is more challenging to keep participants engaged and involved in the learning process when they are not in the same room. This can be achieved through the use of breakout rooms, whiteboards, polls, and other online interactive or collaboration tools.
  • Time management: VILT sessions may need to be shorter than in-person sessions or include more breaks; this helps reduce  strain on participants’ attention spans and the potential for technical issues.
  • Preparation: The instructor must be well-prepared and organized to manage the training and address any potential technical issues that may arise. Often, there is a producer that manages the technology aspects, so the instructor can focus on facilitating the training.
  • Assessment: Assessing participants' understanding and retention of material can be more challenging in VILT, as the instructor may not be able to gauge body language or other nonverbal cues, and isn't able to monitor multiple small group conversations (in breakout rooms) simultaneously.

In summary, while the characteristics of effective training are similar for instructor-led and virtual instructor-led training, there are some additional considerations.

Please contact Wieser Learning Solutions to see how we can help you decide whether ILT or VILT is an appropriate delivery method for your training needs.