Conversion From ILT To VILT Sessions – Replicating The Real Classroom Virtually

Conversion From ILT To VILT Sessions: Replicating The Real Classroom Virtually

Date September 24 2020
Duration 60 Minutes
Converting traditional ILT into VILT sessions is trending! However, how can you keep learner engagement in high levels without physical interaction? And, more importantly, are learning activities a real game changer? Or, is it the used technology that makes the biggest impact? Join this webinar presented by CommLab India, and learn everything about VILT! The event is sponsored by eLearning Industry.
Conversion From ILT To VILT Sessions – Replicating The Real Classroom Virtually
Speaker Dr. RK Prasad & Shalini Merugu
Dr. RK Prasad: RK has 34 years of experience in sales, corporate training, university teaching, and eLearning. An engaging speaker and an effective trainer, he regularly shares his experiences and the latest developments in technology-enhanced learning through in-house seminars and workshops with customers across the globe. RK, the CEO and Co-Founder of CommLab India has an MBA and a Ph.D. in mobile learning from Lancaster University, UK. Shalini Merugu: Shalini is a versatile learning design professional with 15+ years of experience in Instructional Design (ILT, VILT, and eLearning), customer training, technical documentation, user assistance solutions, academic teaching, and content writing. Her experience in the design of eLearning solutions along with the design and delivery of Instructor-Led Training (both virtual and in a physical classroom) helps her leverage the strengths of each medium to consistently create the best possible training solution, ensuring that nothing is lost when converting from one format to another. She has a Master’s in English Literature from the University of Hyderabad and a PG Diploma from the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL).
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Conversion From ILT To VILT Sessions: Replicating The Real Classroom Virtually

Virtual classrooms or Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) sessions differ from their brick-and-mortar counterparts in the lack of human interaction and physical cues.

To ensure successful virtual classroom sessions, it’s essential to:

  • Select the right platform
  • Check the platform's technical capabilities and third-party integrations (if needed)
  • Train trainers and familiarize learners with using the platform
  • Have a pool of hosts who can facilitate sessions and support presenters
  • Have enough dry runs to ensure everything works well
  • Create learning material while keeping the platform and its limitations in mind

So, are you on the lookout for effective virtual sessions? Then, there’s a lot you need to consider and several decisions to take. This webinar offers a balanced view of bringing technology and content together, along with practical ideas and insights.

More precisely, there are various collaboration options that can be used in the virtual space apart from routine polls. During this session, we will explore how activities such as annotations, chat rooms, and breakout rooms can be used effectively! Furthermore, you will get useful insights into designing instructional material exclusively for the virtual classroom, like facilitator guides, participant handouts, reference materials for activities, etc.

Along with a bird’s eye view of the entire process, we will also provide answers to common questions such as:

  • Does a webinar count as a VILT session?
  • Should we go for VILT sessions as part of a blended program?
  • Will a VILT version need more slides than a classroom presentation?
  • How do we overcome the feeling of activities looking contrived?
  • Can all classroom activities be converted into VILT?
  • How to build communities in the virtual space?

So, during this session, you will learn:

  • What VILT is not about
  • Typical challenges in the conversion
  • Top decisions to be taken (about the format, content, activities)
  • The most important materials needed for VILT
  • Which are your technology options
  • Ways to achieve maximum engagement (polls, breakout rooms, annotations)
  • The whole process of conversion and best practices
In a virtual classroom, make extra efforts to foster engagement because you will not have non-verbal cues from participants to guide you. Take periodic “pulse checks” from attendees by asking them to use the “raise hand” option.
  • Hardware: Windows (1.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or faster/equivalent) or Mac (1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster) and 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Operating system: Windows 10, 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit) or Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, and 10.12
  • Web browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or later, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Google Chrome
  • Internet connection: Broadband (1 Mbps+) recommended
  • Software: Web browser plugin (will be prompted to install)