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ViLT Fills the vacuum created by Corona |

The onset of COVID-19, or more popularly known as the Coronavirus, has cast fear across the globe. While the impact can be seen on all aspects of people’s lives-social, behavioral, and probably most strikingly financial, the full measure of its effect will be only gauged after the pandemic is contained and controlled.

However, of all the things that the mighty Corona has brought to a halt, learning and development should not be one of them. In fact, in the wake of social seclusion and financial standstill, the time is ripe to redirect our investment in our employee’s growth and upskilling, which is often sacrificed in the interest of the immediate business needs.

Now, that the continuously moving situation and pertinent need for social distancing have rendered classroom training impractical, Virtual Instructor Led Training (ViLT) is emerging as a perfect solution to our professional and personal growth impediment. A ViLT is a web-based training session where learners connect with an instructor and other learners during live lectures.

The ViLTs envelop the qualities of classroom Instructor-Led Training (ILT) like community building, peer-to-peer learning, impromptu discussions, private texts for instructor-learner QAs, screen sharing’ with the convenience of remote access. Trainers and learners participate via an LMS or a web application. ViLTs include lectures, demonstrations, discussion boards, individual lab activities, and break-out sessions for collaborative activities to update your team’s knowledge base and enhance its expertise.

A ViLT is not merely the delivery of content through online medium. ViLTs, when skillfully designed and developed, are created and facilitated based on sound and tested principles of adult learning, online learning, purposeful use of multimedia, and evolved paradigms of learning.

To those who are skeptical about the effectiveness and ROI, according to the LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report 2020, 57% of L&D pros expect to spend more on online learning. Such virtual classrooms have had a tremendous positive impact on the bottom line of the businesses.

In the words of Winston Churchill, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. So, let’s pull up our socks and make the best of the current situation. The prudence we show today will mitigate the cost of this emergent global catastrophe tomorrow.

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