Navigating the Shift: A Step-by-Step Guide to Converting Instructor-Led Training to Virtual

Jamie Smith
L&D Specialist
Navigating the Shift: A Step-by-Step Guide to Converting Instructor-Led Training to Virtual

Imagine a world where the line between the physical classroom and the virtual space blurs, creating a seamless transition for learners and instructors alike. This is not a distant dream, but a reality as the Learning & Development (L&D) industry adapts to the new normal. The blending of virtual and instructor-led training has become a crucial component in fostering growth and innovation in today’s workplaces.

In this article, we’ll explore the key points to consider when converting instructor-led training to virtual, the benefits of making the switch, and how Learnexus can help you successfully implement a virtual training platform.

1. Assessing the Need for Virtual Training

Before diving headfirst into converting your training, it’s important to understand the unique challenges and opportunities presented by virtual learning. Analyze your current training programs, identify the key learning objectives, and determine whether they can be effectively achieved through a virtual platform. Engaging in this process will help you make informed decisions about which programs to convert and which may require a hybrid approach.

2. Choosing the Right Technology Platform

Not all virtual learning platforms are created equal. Selecting the right technology for your organization’s needs is vital to the success of your virtual training initiatives. A robust platform should offer features like interactive collaboration tools, easy content management, and real-time analytics to track learner progress. One L&D professional notes, “Incorporating a platform that not only meets our needs but also delights our learners has been a game-changer in our approach to virtual training.”

3. Redesigning the Curriculum for the Virtual Environment

Converting instructor-led training to virtual requires more than simply uploading existing materials to a new platform. It’s essential to redesign the curriculum to optimize engagement, interactivity, and learner retention in the virtual space. This might involve leveraging multimedia resources, incorporating gamification, and integrating opportunities for learners to collaborate and share insights. “The shift to virtual has forced us to think creatively about how we can make our courses even more engaging and effective,” says one L&D professional.

4. Training Instructors for the Virtual Space

Instructors play a pivotal role in the success of any training program, whether in-person or virtual. Ensuring that instructors are well-equipped to deliver virtual training is crucial. This may involve providing them with the necessary tools, resources, and training to help them excel in their new roles. “Our instructors have had to adapt their teaching styles and strategies to meet the needs of our learners in a virtual environment,” shares an L&D professional.

5. Embrace a Culture of Continuous Improvement

As the virtual training landscape continues to evolve, ongoing assessment and improvement of your programs will be key. Solicit feedback from both learners and instructors, and use that feedback to refine and enhance your virtual training offerings. Remember, the journey to excellent virtual training is a continuous process, and embracing a mindset of continuous improvement will help you stay ahead of the curve.

Learnexus: Your Partner in Virtual Training Success

Learnexus offers an innovative freelancer marketplace dedicated to Learning & Development. By connecting you with freelancers who possess the skills and experience needed to guide you through the process of converting instructor-led training to virtual, Learnexus saves managers time and eliminates procurement issues with a single master services agreement. With a 47% cost saving, Learnexus is the go-to platform to help you successfully transition to virtual training.