The moment of the lightbulb.
It’s something we all have experienced. It’s a wonderful feeling when you suddenly grasp a topic and it all makes sense.
Global Knowledge, an IT training company, strives to create those “ah-ha!” moments with every student during and after each course. Facilitators are necessary to ensure that those light bulbs turn on. They are called instructors.
Instructor-led training (ILT), is not a new concept. In fact, it’s what we learned growing up. You were in classrooms in grade school, right? Global Knowledge’s ILT follows the same principle: you attend a live class with a subject matter expert that you can interact.
IT professionals have many learning options, unlike grade school. You don’t have to learn in a classroom. There are many delivery options that can be tailored to your needs, including flexibility in scheduling, class size, location, and budget. Instructor-led training is the best way to learn skills that will either be a benefit to your business or create a risk for it.
ILT offers a controlled learning environment
ILT is structured. You train at predetermined times and days. The instructor will have a unique and detailed course of study. There are very few opportunities for disruption.
Classroom training is a safe learning environment. E-learning is flexible in terms of training time, but interruptions are often inevitable. It can be very difficult to get back into the learning mindset once you are distracted by work, family, or a text message.
Gloria Mark, a professor at the University of California Irvine’s Department of Informatics, said that it takes on average 23 minutes and 15 seconds for the task to be completed after work has been interrupted. Perhaps that time is being spent on a more important task. Perhaps not. It can distract from the course content and impact learning and retention.
Instructor-led classrooms are structured so that you can complete your training within a set time frame and with minimal distractions.
The power of asking questions in a classroom setting
Questions can influence discussions and inform others. These divergences can be a benefit.
Global Knowledge instructor Daniel Cummins said that instructor-led training allows for in-depth discussions on complex topics and provides immediate feedback from experts. You also benefit from the interaction you have with your classmates in discussions or other conversations about the topic. I’ve found that the most valuable conversations are those that are ‘rabbit trails,’ or where another student asks a question or comments about the topic.
Global Knowledge offers virtual instructor-led courses (vILT) for those who want more flexibility. These courses offer real-time instruction in an internet environment. Because you can train anywhere you have an internet connection, virtual instructor-led training will save you time and money.
Your accountability partner is your instructor
Facilitation is an essential aspect of informal training that is often overlooked. An instructor is an ILT partner and accountability partner. This person’s job not only is to teach you but also to ensure that each student understands the material.
The Association for Psychological Science published a research article titled “The Science of Training and Development in Organizations” that explains how the right instructor mindset can increase the student’s belief in themselves as able to learn and perform a skill.
Instructors should encourage you to be a partner in learning and not just to make you appear competent. This is easier if the course content is relevant and useful to you. A good instructor will explain how the subject matter is interpreted.