How To Convert Instructor-Led Training To eLearning

  • How To Convert Instructor-Led Training To eLearning

    How To Convert Instructor-Led Training To eLearning

    With pressures on training budgets, many organizations are evaluating conversion of existing ILT material to online delivery. This article outlines how you can do this effectively and how you can integrate current and emerging trends into your online training strategy to do so.

    The Key To Convert Instructor-Led Training To eLearning: Is Instructor-Led Training (ILT) Dying?

    Is instructor-led training (ILT) dying? No, ILT isn’t dying. But there sure has been an increase in large-scale conversions of ILT materials to online learning. While a lot of this is triggered by challenges on training budgets, I believe it also provides an opportunity to relook at the traditional format and enhance the training delivery. According to the ‘2016 Benchmark Report: The State of Online Training’, “Technology has not decreased the demand for instructor-led training, but gives instructors new tools to reach learners…The trend in instructor-led learning is enablement through technology, both in hybrid and fully virtual delivery”.

    Easier said than done. Right?

    The process of converting your ILT collateral to online is certainly more than converting a PowerPoint deck to an online format. You need to plan for several aspects to ensure a successful conversion of your ILT to online training.

    In this article, I will provide cues and process steps that will help you make this effort successful.

    But before getting down to the process you should follow to convert instructor-led training to eLearning or mLearning, let’s take a quick look at the benefits you will accrue.

    What Are The Benefits That You Will Accrue As You Convert Instructor-Led Training To eLearning Or mLearning?

    Benefits For Businesses

    1. Savings in cost.
      This is probably the biggest factor that triggers conversion of ILT to eLearning and results in cost savings.
    2. Scalability.
      Closely linked to the savings in costs is the related advantage of being able to reach out to your entire audience in one go. This scalability also brings in higher efficiencies in rolling out as well as managing these training programs.
    3. Leverage new and emerging trends.
      As organizations draw up the strategy to convert instructor-led training to eLearning, they can double the impact by embracing approaches that resonate with learners and contribute significantly to ROI. These include mLearning with flexibility of responsive designs that support multi-device delivery as well as strategies like microlearning, gamification, Story-based learning, scenario-based learning, and so on.
    4. Higher training efficiency.
      Organizations have discovered that switching to eLearning can help increase their training efficiency. IBM’s switch to eLearning helped their employees learn five times more the material they would otherwise learn in the same time in a standard training session.

    Benefits For Learners

    1. Shorter seat time.
      Typically, the seat time of an online program will be less than half (or one-third) of the ILT program. This is seconded by the fact that a Brandon Hall study concluded that eLearning takes 40-60% less time to complete compared to traditional classroom training. This means that the learner can achieve the same learning outcomes in much lesser time.
    2. Providing control to the learner.
      The eLearning approach is learner-centric and provides the control to the learners, enabling them to go through the training at their own pace. Plus, they have access to this training to refer to or refresh when required.
    3. Providing flexibility to the learner.
      eLearning provides anytime, anywhere access to training. Additionally, it provides a choice to learners as they can select the device on which they want to learn.
    4. Higher retention of learning.
      According to a study carried out by the Research Institute of America, the retention rate was in the range of 25-60% for eLearning whereas it was 8-10% for face-to-face training.

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