Jul 09, 2019

Why virtual training needs to be more engaging

Teaching & Learning 3 min read last updated on: Mar 20, 2020

Learning and Development (L&D) departments are facing a challenge.

Expectations are rising, yet their budgets are only rising in line with inflation. The time and cost of travel is creating greater pressure to deliver training online. 23% of all formal learning hours are now delivered as self-paced training online (e-learning)1.  The number of companies delivering most of their training as e-learning is expected to double between 2017 and 2022.

There are many benefits of course from e-learning, but organizations also recognize the improved learning outcomes of instructor-led training, which is why 67% of learning hours are still instructor-led1.

93% will use live online learning by 2020

The desire for the benefits of both online and instructor-led training has led to the continued growth of live online learning.

93% of organizations either use live online learning now or plan to by 20202.

They see the benefits.

  • 87% of them use it to reach their geographically dispersed workforce
  • 81% use it to save travel costs3

Only 10% of programs are delivered live online

Yet adoption is limited and only 10% of all formal training programs are delivered live online4.

What’s holding us back?

Collaboration is key to learning success

91% of learners say that “collaboration” is key to learning success5.

And today almost all live virtual training is delivered through online video conference calls using products such as Adobe Connect, GoToMeeting, Skype, WebEx or Zoom. Calls where even the trainers have their video switched off.

Even the trainers have their video switched off

Only 42% of virtual trainers turn on their webcam at the start of a class and 23% have them turned on during the entire session6.

No wonder 36% of organizations say that unengaged participants are one of the top challenges for virtual training7.

Far higher levels of engagement can be achieved

That’s why we have developed the weConnect Virtual Classroom – live online training with far higher levels of interaction and engagement. The Virtual Classroom has been a great success for institutions in Higher Education.

It offers:

  • The improved learning outcomes associated with instructor-led training
  • The convenience and travel savings of an online solution
  • Equivalent or higher levels of trainee engagement

We would like your help

We would like to share the benefits of the Virtual Classroom with Corporate organizations, but before we build and launch a major marketing program, we would like to make sure we fully understand the needs of today’s L&D departments. If you are the Head of Learning & Development at a Corporate organization and are willing to spare 30-45 minutes of your valuable time for an interview, we would love to hear from you. All interviews are for research purposes only and anything you share will be treated in confidence.

If you would like to volunteer or if you would simply like more information about the Virtual Classroom, please contact me at: ellen.vandewoestijne@barco.com

More information on the weConnect Virtual Classroom can also be found at barco.com/weConnect.

The sources for statistics used in this article include:

1 2018 State of the Industry Report by ASTD DBA Association of Talent Development (ATD)
2 Towards Maturity CIC Ltd, & Overton, L. Learning Technology Trends for 2019.
3 ATD Research. (2017). Virtual Classrooms Now: Using Technology to Reach Today's Workforces
4 Training Magazine’s 2018 Training Industry Report
5 Towards Maturity CIC Ltd, & Overton, L. How Modern Workers Learn.
6 Huggett, Cindy. (2019) [2019 Research Study] www.cindyhuggett.com/blog/2019sovt
7 Huggett, Cindy. (2018) [2018 Research Study] cindyhuggett.com/blog/sovt

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