Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - 32

eLEARNING

Virtual Impact:
Converting to VILT
I By Terry Pellecchia

I

You may have
to be creative
in how to run
certain activities
within your virtual
environment.

n today's environment, there is a growing
need to think of alternative ways to deliver
effective training programs. One way to meet
this need is to convert an instructor-led training
(ILT) class to a virtual instructor-led training
(VILT) class.
The first step in this process is to determine
which classes could potentially be converted.
This decision should be primarily driven by the
content of the class. There likely will be some
content that you will want to keep in live
training, but many of your classes could
potentially be converted to a virtual
environment. One factor that can help drive this
decision is to consider content that can easily be
"chunked" out, into time blocks of no more than
four hours per session. In addition, by
leveraging pre-work assignments, homework
and post-class pull through, you can ensure all
the content from the live class is built into the
virtual experience.

Current Content
Once you determine which class to convert,
you will need to update the live class content to
an interactive virtual environment. During a live
class, the facilitator has the advantage of picking
up on the learners' cues and the learners can
work off of each other to increase dialogue
within the class. In the virtual class, depending
on the software that you are utilizing, you may
have to think about other ways to run specific
activities to create the same level of participation
and dialogue. Some tools that may be available
are chat feature, radio buttons, white boards, poll
questions and breakout rooms. The tools
available will depend on your software, so you
may have to be creative in how to run certain
activities within your virtual environment.
With an understanding of the tools that are
available, you will want to build in some type of
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activity every three to five slides or every five to
10 minutes. In the virtual environment you need
to think about placing activities in more places
in order to keep the learners engaged.
Leveraging tools, like polls and white boards to
help facilitate discussion, can help keep the
learners attention and minimize their ability to
multi-task while in the session. Another idea is
to let the learners' know they may be called on at
any time during the class. By setting up this
expectation early on as a part of your "ground
rules," the learners' know they need to pay
attention and stay engaged throughout the
session. That leads to a better overall learning
experience.

Crowd Control
When running a virtual class, size does
matter. The general rule of thumb is to run a
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Focus Magazine
From the President: Career Paths to Success
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Guest Editor: The New Frontier
Front of the Room: Swaying an Audience
Viewpoint: Health Insurance Exchanges
Racing to Success: 2013 Medical Device & Diagnostic Trainers Summit Recap
Redesigning Learning: Astellas Gives 'Live' a New Look
Sleights-of-Learning: Neuroscience, Attention and Memory
Measuring Experience: Scorecards & Simulations
Virtual Impact: Converting to VILT
Member Solutions: Developing Field-Based Trainers
What Makes Virtual Leadership So Hard?
Facing Negativity in Sales
Virtual How: Learning Management System Trends
Member News
Ad Index
Focus Contacts
5 Questions with Dr. Beverly Kaye
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - From the President: Career Paths to Success
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Table of Contents
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Table of Contents
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Guest Editor: The New Frontier
Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - 12
Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Front of the Room: Swaying an Audience
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Viewpoint: Health Insurance Exchanges
Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Racing to Success: 2013 Medical Device & Diagnostic Trainers Summit Recap
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Redesigning Learning: Astellas Gives 'Live' a New Look
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Sleights-of-Learning: Neuroscience, Attention and Memory
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Measuring Experience: Scorecards & Simulations
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Virtual Impact: Converting to VILT
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Member Solutions: Developing Field-Based Trainers
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - What Makes Virtual Leadership So Hard?
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Facing Negativity in Sales
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Virtual How: Learning Management System Trends
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Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Member News
Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Ad Index
Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - Focus Contacts
Focus Magazine - Winter 2014 - 5 Questions with Dr. Beverly Kaye
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