Analyst Interview:
Present State of Instructor-Led Training (ILT and vILT)

David Wilson, Founder and CEO, Fosway Group
An interview with
David Wilson
Founder and CEO
Fosway Group

Significant growth in the use of digital media, content and learning activities seemingly points to the rise in eLearning and the decline of instructor-led training. But, is that really the case? The reality is, ILT and vILT are growing. One question remains the same, however, despite the many changes in learning over the past 20 years: How can we maximize the ability to impact learners in the most effective way?

Find out from David Wilson, CEO of Fosway Group, what his take is on the present state of Instructor-Led and virtual Instructor-Led Training. In his interview, David will discuss:

  • Why ILT / vILT has a critical role in the modern learning ecosystem
  • How to overcome barriers and get more impact from your ILT / vILT programs
  • How to better manage ILT / vILT with technology
  • How the Training Management System complements the LMS in the learning tech ecosystem
  • How to future proof your training budget

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  1. Is there a place for instructor-led training (face-to-face and virtual) in the new learning ecosystem? 

The simple answer is yes. Learning has changed enormously over the last 20 years, but there are certain things that fundamentally will always be true. That is, how do we maximize the ability to impact learners in the most effective way? There has been significant growth in the use of digital media, content, and learning type activities. It’s still really, really important to be able to impact learners and create strong learning experiences and motivate learners as a part of the process.

ILT, in terms of face-to-face and virtual forms, still has a significant role within that. It still consumes quite a lot of corporate budget. We’ve seen a lot of growth in virtual instructor-led delivery, arguably that’s one of the biggest trends in the past 3-4 years. It’s not new technology necessarily, but it’s become really, really significant. So yes, absolutely, ILT has a critical role in the learning mix in the modern learning ecosystem.

  1. What are the challenges facing organizations that want to get more impact from their instructor-led training? 

There are a lot of challenges organizations face around it. That was true, in absolute terms all the time, but in the modern world, the pressures around it have become more extreme. COVID-19 has dynamically changed the dynamics for a lot of organizations, and we’ll talk about that more later.

At the end of the day, it comes down to basic things: How fast can I reach my audience? How can I impact my audience? How do I create stronger experiences? It then comes down to fairly obvious barriers: resources, costs, travel, time for delivery… All of these create huge challenges for organizations in order to optimize how they can deliver to their audience. The biggest is how do I reach my audience fast enough. And, how can I be agile enough in terms of engaging with them.

Ultimately budget is always a challenge as well. How do I optimize how I spend money and where I spend money? What kind of value or impact do I get from that? That’s probably the most hidden one, I think. Learning organizations are guilty of ignoring focusing on what outcomes they get from these activities. And focusing all on input challenges. But that’s critical as well. The more effectively you can show that the easier it is then to justify everything else you wan to do.

The final thing is ultimately, especially if it’s face-to-face delivery, then people have to be there physically to do that. In the current climate that is even more difficult to do. But even before recent challenges, the reality of everyone traveling has always been there and has been significant. It’s one of the reasons we’ve also seen huge growth in VILT activities as well.

What’s Next?

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