Trainers Matter: Making the Case for vILT

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Online Forums 2013 - June 7, 2013
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Cynthia Clay

President
NetSpeed Learning Solutions

Our industry is rapidly testing and accepting or discarding new learning approaches—such as eLearning, mLearning, web conferencing, virtual worlds, podcasting, and virtual classrooms—that were unheard of a decade ago. As organizations embrace new technology, intent on realizing the promises of reduced travel, reduced expenses, reduced hours in the classroom, and rapid access to information, the role of the trainer or facilitator might seem to be dying. But because knowledge acquisition does not magically lead to performance improvement, the role of the trainer or facilitator has never been more important. Enter virtual instructor-led training (vILT).

Participants in this session will explore the changing role of the trainer or facilitator in a world driven by technology. You’ll consider how best to use information to help learners develop skills and improve practices on the job, and examine the unique contribution of an effective trainer or facilitator in the virtual classroom. Trainers and facilitators matter because they support learners in acquiring knowledge, developing communities of practice, mastering new skills, and transferring what they  learn to the job. In the virtual, instructor-led classroom, an effective trainer or facilitator guides the discovery and practical application of relevant information, leading learners to skill development and ultimately improved performance.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to redefine the role of a trainer or facilitator
  • How to apply The New Blend model when you design or deliver a blended learning experience
  • How to incorporate discovery-learning principles in your virtual classroom

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