instructor-led-training.jpgIn a previous post, we discussed the benefits of on-demand training. In this post, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of another popular training method: instructor-led training.

In the learning process, nothing can truly replace the interactive experience with a live instructor. Instructor-led training (ILT), whether delivered virtually or in a classroom, enables companies to provide personalized and hands-on learning directly to students.

Key benefits include:

  • Personalized learning – Experienced instructors in a small group can tailor approaches and answer specific questions on a 1:1 basis with learners.
  • Immediate feedback – If a certain module is confusing, too slow, or too fast, the instructor can immediately adjust the teaching plan to accommodate real-time feedback.
  • Hands-on experience – With ILT, it’s easier to mix in labs and hands-on exercises. Some topics, such as operating medical equipment, may require hands-on learning.
  • Low fixed costs – Because ILT costs are largely based on instructors and facilities, it’s easy to control costs without investing in content or technology.
  • Student networking – Students can meet both the instructor and each other. Dedicated time and space for learning also helps some people better absorb the information.
  • Perceived value – Students often have a higher perceived value for ILT, due to clear costs associated with the instructor and facilities.

Instructor-led training is a great option for companies that:

  • Have highly complex products
  • Have mechanical products that require hands-on interaction •Need to train a relatively low number of students
  • Have students who are not tech-savvy
  • Have students who have the budget, time, and need for full-day and/or multi-day training
  • Have clearly established industry or user conferences where training can be delivered
  • Value face-to-face interaction and networking opportunities

Now that you know the benefits of both on-demand and instructor-led training, which training style do you think works best for your organization?