Training Modalities: Is Your Training Evolving? Modalities You Should Know & Use

May 14, 2014

Marley Wagner

Category: Education Sales, Enterprise Learning Solutions, Learning Administration, Learning Management

Training modalities are ever-changing and to ensure you are evolving skills sets and approaches to coincide with industry trends, outsourced sales can be an effective way to manage headcount without sacrificing revenue. Improving your education and training delivery processes requires a focus on creating offerings that change as technology and information consumption changes. Innovative ideas continue to be introduced and some original practices continue to provide positive results. The number of people that need to be trained should be considered when developing the appropriate enterprise learning solutions.

Current trends in Training

Since not all people learn the same way, offering various training modalities is critical. Various modalities include:

  • Instructor Led Training (ILT) – The traditional classroom training method continues to be one of the most popular modes. It facilitates direct access to instructors and encourages the dynamic of “give and take” between student and instructor. Various elements of teaching can be incorporated into instructor led training, such as demonstrations, white boarding, and lab exercises.
  • Virtual Instructor Lead Training (VILT) – A sub-segment of the ILT category where a class managed by a live instructor in a virtual environment (i.e. web-based). This gives similar benefits to the live classroom but can save time and expenses related to travel.
  • Video Training (Training on Demand) – A convenient option for people who lead a busy lifestyle, video based training can be done from the comfort of home or on the move. The use of videos is growing in popularity and although the cost of producing a video can be quite high, the price per person is relatively low when spread across a large audience. This technique can give a similar classroom feel even though the instructor is not teaching a live course (think TIVO for a training class).
  • Web Based Training (WBT) – Training is web-based but is generally self paced with no instructor involvement. Education assets can be centrally located making them easy to access, update, and maintain.
  • Gamification Training – Games stimulate the brain and can be a great source of learning. Various aspects of all training modes can be incorporated into a gamification framework. People can be encouraged to learn new skills and be rewarded in a public way. It also fosters a healthy environment to unleash competition to strive for higher skill levels. This is also a good option if you need to capture the attention of learners and boost productivity. This balanced approach makes learning fun.
  • Community Learning – Changing so fast that it is hard to keep up with how to best leverage these forums. Key for now is to have someone in your organization that has formal responsibility to keep up with what is going on in the market, determine where to play a formal role, and ultimately, how to leverage this mode to advance learning objectives.
  • Learning Management Systems – These systems are changing at a fast pace. They can provide centralized hosting platforms that offer highly targeted training, enable ways to track online training courses, videos, surveys, assessments, and skill progression. The record-keeping function is secure and is the basis for all managed training services.