Virtual/Hybrid Instructor-Led Training and how it’s used

AXIOM supports all kinds of training, but we know that a lot of companies prefer Instructor-Led training, or “ILT”. Participants learn from a live, in-person instructor who can be ‘at the elbow’ for questions or assistance and the training is much more personal. People tend to retain more information and are more willing to use their new skills back on the job if they get that personal attention in their sessions.

But what happens when you have more and more of your work force working in remote locations? Suddenly, virtual training and ILT must merge. One of our partners, MicroTek and Training Industry, Inc., have joined to research how companies are dealing with the issues of wanting in-person instructors but having employees who work remotely or in different areas of the country (or even, world). Take a moment to read the press release below and then let us know what you think of the report. FYI, it’s a few pages, so grab a coffee, close your office door and take a few minutes to read up on this interesting topic.

The Next Generation Classroom: Virtual/Hybrid Instructor-Led Training

Raleigh, NCFebruary 18, 2016 – Training Industry, Inc. and MicroTek have released a new research report investigating how companies are leveraging virtual and hybrid instructor-led training to deliver a classroom learning experience to distributed learners.

The study, which included 261 companies, reveals several key findings, including:

  • 37% of companies’ training portfolios are being offered in virtual and hybrid delivery modalities
  • Common topics for virtual/hybrid ILT include certification (39%), product/service knowledge (38%), leadership development (36%), and technical/hard skills (35%)
  • Common challenges when delivering virtual/hybrid ILT include evaluating effectiveness (46%), training consistency (43%), limited resources (42%), and ensuring leadership support (36%)

The full report, “The Next Generation Classroom: Virtual/Hybrid Instructor-Led Training,” can be downloaded here.

“This study provides a better understanding of how organizations are using virtual instructor-led training,” said Tom Whelan, Ph.D., director of corporate research, Training Industry, Inc. “Though there are challenges to implementing virtual classrooms, the companies having the most success were implementing them frequently, making the most of learning features, and training their instructors to successfully navigate the technology in order to deliver the best learner experience possible.”

President of Training Industry, Inc., Ken Taylor, emphasized the similarities of face-to-face and virtual classrooms.

“For the organizations we surveyed, the majority of training classes had fewer than 25 learners, for example,” said Taylor. “This was true regardless of whether technology supported the delivery of a classroom experience. Companies are clearly getting better at harnessing the power of virtual classrooms to reach their learners.”

About MicroTek:


Since 1991, MicroTek has been the industry’s leading, single-source provider of Next Generation Training and Meeting Solutions. With a base of 11 technologically advanced learning campuses across the country and a network of more than 3,000 fully vetted training sites worldwide, MicroTek is equipped to manage and execute any sized training event—anywhere in the world.

Our client list extends across all industries and company sizes, which is why we never use a “one-size-fits-all” solution. We tailor our resources to provide each of our clients with just the right amount of support, enabling them and their students to have the optimal learning experience. Whether you’re planning a one-day meeting or a year-long training rollout, you can rely on MicroTek to build a comprehensive roadmap of your event. Finding the right solution is complicated. We make it simple.

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About Training Industry, Inc.

Training Industry, Inc. spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies, and best practices within the training industry. Training Industry, Inc. research captures the collective wisdom of learning professionals, revealing fresh data on trends and practices in the evolving training market.

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