Reinventing In-Person Training: Merging the Best of Both Worlds

Lauren Goff
L&D Specialist
Reinventing In-Person Training: Merging the Best of Both Worlds

Imagine a world where the lessons learned from virtual training sessions have been seamlessly fused with the unmatched benefits of in-person training. As we emerge from the pandemic, it’s time to re- engage with one another, and the Learning & Development space is no exception. We’re on the cusp of a breakthrough where virtual and in-person training converge, creating a more powerful learning experience than ever before.

1. Embracing the Best of Both Worlds: Virtual and In-Person Training

In the past year, virtual training has proven to be invaluable for organizations worldwide. It has allowed employees to continue their learning journeys despite the challenges of remote work. But with the return to in-person training, how can we harness the most effective elements of virtual training to build a more robust learning experience?

One of the key points to consider is how virtual training has offered a high degree of flexibility, allowing employees to learn at their own pace and revisit lessons as needed. In-person training can benefit from this flexibility by offering a blended learning approach, combining virtual and physical elements for a more comprehensive experience.

2. Leveraging Technology for Enhanced Learning Engagement

“I’ve noticed higher engagement levels in my virtual training sessions due to the use of technology,” shares an anonymous L&D professional. By incorporating technology into in-person training, Learning & Development can build on this increased engagement. Interactive elements, such as virtual breakout rooms, polls, and quizzes, can be used in the physical classroom to foster collaboration and encourage active participation.

3. Maintaining Connection and Collaboration

One significant advantage of virtual training has been the ease of connecting and collaborating with colleagues from different locations. As we transition back to in-person training, it’s essential to maintain these connections by welcoming remote colleagues into physical training sessions. Employing video conferencing technology and collaborative software like Google Docs or Slack can facilitate this integration.

4. Adapting to Individual Learning Styles

Virtual training has taught us the importance of catering to diverse learning styles. An L&D professional explains, “I’ve had to adapt my approach and use a variety of learning methods to accommodate the diverse needs of my remote learners.” As we return to in-person training, let’s not forget this lesson. By incorporating different learning methods, such as group discussions, hands-on activities, and multimedia presentations, we can create a more inclusive learning environment.

5. Learnexus: Your Partner in Reinventing In-Person Training

As you embark on the journey to merge the best of virtual and in-person training, Learnexus is here to help. Learnexus is a freelancer marketplace for Learning & Development professionals that connects you with top talent, offering a 47% cost saving and saving managers time and eliminating procurement issues with a single master services agreement. Our platform empowers you to reinvent your in-person training with lessons from a virtual world, enhancing the learning experience for your Fortune 500 employees.