WHAT IS IT?
Virtual training (also known as virtual delivery or remote delivery) is training where one or more of the participants are not in the same room as the trainer. Employees receive training wherever they are based – home office, business assignments, multiple countries, or in your headquarters. The training is delivered live using an online communication platform or video conferencing service. Virtual training is learning through interaction, engagement and personalization – it is active learning. Your employees just need internet access, a headset and ideally a camera.
How does virtual training compare to face-to-face training?
Realistically, you can’t replicate everything virtually but an experienced, qualified trainer finds workarounds and minimizes the challenges. For example, in a face-to-face seminar it’s easy and natural for interactions to occur – either with the trainer or between participants. When you deliver training virtually this becomes harder – participants can struggle to know when to ask a question, when to interrupt, jump in, build on another’s contribution, etc. And truth be told, sometimes it’s tough to say things we would easily say face-to-face in the virtual world.
Taking these obstacles and limitations into account is a key part of the virtual training design. The trainer virtually delivers dynamic, engaging activities that are directly relevant to the participants jobs – and deliver tangible outcomes . Virtual training isn’t the same as face-to-face training, but it can be just as effective.