Virtual or Face-to-face – Which training method is best?
In today’s digital world, more and more companies are rethinking their training strategies and are moving more towards virtual training as opposed to the traditional face-to-face method.
I have been working for VMA Enhance, VMA Group’s training arm for the last nine months and I have been involved in a number of training programs with clients across different sectors and it has made me wonder – what really is the best method of training delivery?
What I have learnt is that each individual has different learning styles and it is hard to find one method to fit all. Some are better suited to a 90-minute webinar, others would prefer an interactive face-to-face workshop and some would prefer a “chalk & talk” whereby they soak up the theory but are less inclined to interact.
Face to Face training encourages group participation and is a more collaborative learning environment. One thing I certainly enjoy about this type of training is that technical glitches are rare! However, this type of training does incur extra travel costs and it is more difficult to schedule as you need to diarise it well in advance.
On the other hand, virtual training really does have the global reach without incurring any travel expenses. I recently supported a training session with participants from Moscow to Jeddah and I saw first-hand how it truly does bring teams together. Another great benefit is that it doesn’t take too much time out of your day with the convenience of logging on through your computer and you’re immediately in the classroom.
However, on occasion technical glitches can occur. On a recent virtual training session we were blocked out of the software 30 minutes before the training began– which as you can imagine was a little frantic. But, instead of tearing my hair out I managed to resolve the situation and we were all back online and ready to go for the session – albeit five minutes before the start time…nothing like a last minute crisis!!
In summary, there really is no wrong or right answer to which training method is better – each case is different (and there is always budget to factor in!) – but, isn’t it nice to have the option?
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