Comparing ILT, vILT and elearning

Last week I wrote about the strengths of elearning vs. instructor-led training (ILT). In the comment section, someone suggested that it would be interesting to see a third column in the comparison: virtual instructor-led training (vILT). I’m nothing if not a man of the people, so I’m giving them what they want.

Something I found interesting when I added the vILT column is that I couldn’t really come up with anything unique to vILT. Every item checked off for vILT is shared by either ILT or elearning. As I studied this more, I had to pause. While vILT by its nature is instructor-led and thus will obviously share some traits with ILT, it also has some things in common only with elearning.

There’s nothing in this chart to suggest that any one of these formal training methods is superior to either of the other two. It really comes down to the problem you’re looking to solve.

Need to deploy something rapidly across multiple countries and continents in multiple languages? Elearning may be your best bet.

Have an audience of learners that doesn’t have access to reliable Internet? More traditional classroom-based learning (ILT) may need to be your solution.

What’s missing from this chart when it comes to advantages of these three delivery methods? Is there anything unique to vILT that neither ILT nor elearning have? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comment section.

2 thoughts on “Comparing ILT, vILT and elearning

  1. Brian, great chart. I do think the eLearning column is also over-simplified. With VILT, I assume we are meaning synchronous learning over something like Zoom or Webex. With eLearning, it seems you have excluded all asynchronous cohort based learning which would check a few more boxes around community, dialogue etc.

    • Good point, Chris! When we put this together, the assumption in elearning was 1-off, Storyline style courses. We weren’t thinking of multi-week, asynchronous learning… There may be a need for a 4th column!

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