By Eric Wise
When choosing a technology skills development partner, your decision is an investment in your employees and your company’s future. It is critical to consider the value each partner brings to specific learner and business outcomes.
Instructor-led courses continue to be part of learning and development programs at companies such as General Electric, Salesforce, and countless other enterprise businesses. Still, we get asked how instructor-led programs compare to other options, including subscriptions to online video training solutions.
Keeping content up to date is a challenge for all educational organizations. Technology skills platforms that rely on video content need time to produce the most relevant lessons. Our employer-driven curricula get finalized only after identifying your company’s specific skills gaps. Rapid changes in technology also demand ongoing curriculum updates that come from employers, our university partners, students, and instructors.
Online video training subscriptions, on the other hand, are designed to appeal to the least common denominator, which means the content is not personalized to a company’s needs. Personalized experiences often consist only of playlists of recommended video content.
Instructor-led programs have the advantage of being able to put educational content in context during delivery, including focusing on much-needed soft skills training in addition to the Xs and Os.
Asynchronous learning is well documented to have low completion and engagement rates. One reason is that learners outside a formal learning environment are subject to distractions. Another is that learning “on your own time” often means lower prioritization.
Instructor-led training simulates real-world tasks through a combination of lectures and discussions, lab work where learners put classroom teaching into practice by working on timed, in-class exercises, and projects to demonstrate students’ abilities across a variety of technologies.
Any technology skills course worth its weight will use assessments. In addition to formative and summative assessments, students in our corporate training programs each week rate the pace of learning, mastery of the skills they are learning, the level of academic support they are receiving, and instructor clarity and engagement. The data we collect help diagnose and address student performance, ensure the highest quality of instructors, and incorporate course-level findings into our product development processes.
Instructor-led training brings significant cost-benefits to your organization, including higher engagement, retention of information, and, as mentioned earlier, the ability to customize learning.
Regardless of the delivery modality, your employees are taking the time to learn. Our in-person learning opportunities are available on the local campuses of more than 40 university partners or at your offices, requiring minimal additional travel costs. Our instructor-led training is also offered after-work hours and with an option for synchronous online learning.
Instructor-led skills development remains a natural way to learn. When creating high-impact learning experiences at your company, a decision to eliminate instructor-led training is no different than dismissing easily-accessible and valuable online video training. If learner success is the priority, both are important and will play a part in your learning and development future.