The internet has really expanded the training opportunities available in business. While face to face training will always remain valuable in certain situations, online learning has definitely benefitted companies around the world.
There are two main ways to incorporate online training into your business. The first is to pre-record sessions, allowing employees to learn at their own pace, in their own time. The second is live training. Both types can be invaluable, but here we’ll talk about the main benefits of live online learning.
What is live online learning?
Live online training takes place in real time. Unlike pre-recorded sessions, participants need to be present at a specific time in order to take part. An instructor leads the session and participants can attend no matter where they are as long as they have an internet connection and access to a professional and reliable live training platform.
What are the benefits?
There are many benefits of choosing live based online training over pre-recorded sessions. Mainly, it gives participants the chance to ask any questions they may have. Pre-recorded sessions are great, but they don’t encourage dialogue and questions cannot be answered immediately.
It’s really important to get questions and misunderstandings answered quickly if you want to achieve best results. Answering questions while they are fresh in the employee’s mind will speed up the pace at which they learn and ensure they fully understand what you’re trying to teach them.
Live training also helps with engagement. It’s a well-known fact that it’s much harder for the brain to stay engaged when staring at a computer screen, than it is in face-to-face training. Engagement is one of the key elements you need in virtual training to ensure it’s successful. By running live sessions, you get to include ice-breakers and react according to how the participants respond throughout the session.
Finally, live training is more efficient. You’re able to shorten the training module and spread it out into easily digestible chunks compared to in-person training. As you’re already helping to boost engagement, your participants are going to be learning at a much speedier pace.
Overall live training comes with many benefits. It’s best used for portions of the training that are likely to pose many questions. For best results, it is worth splitting your training into pre-recorded and live sessions. The variation in learning actually makes it much more effective and keeps participants interested in the training.