The Resurgence of ILT

When the pandemic hit in 2019, learning organizations were faced with the sudden and daunting  challenge of pivoting away from instructor-led training (ILT) to remote forms of learning delivery. For a year or two, many classrooms remained empty, and instructors tried their best to adopt to virtual classroom delivery. 

Brandon Hall Group saw the use of ILT as a learning modality fall dramatically. In some of our latest studies, it’s clear that instructor-led delivery is on a strong rebound. For instance, in our 2022 study on Extended Enterprise Learning, we saw ILT regain prominence to become the second most common learning modality (65%), behind only virtual delivery tools such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. 

It’s clear that as long as the pandemic stays off the front pages, instructor-led delivery is headed back toward its long-held status of being a preeminent learning modality.

Despite the longevity of ILT, many organizations still struggle to manage instructor-led delivery with the efficiency and effectiveness with which they manage eLearning and other digital assets. Partly this is due to inertia, for instance, some still make do with spreadsheets to plan and manage in-person classes. Sometimes this stems from an incumbent Learning Management System (LMS) which may not feature robust capabilities around ILT management. 

Automated ILT capabilities to consider include registration, wait-listing, scheduling, classroom resource assignment (instructor, room, equipment, supplies), attendance management, instructor’s notes, assessments, post-course surveys, and notifications.

If you are seeing an uptick in ILT usage in your organization, now may be an ideal time to review how your organization manages classroom scheduling and resources. If you do so with an LMS, and find ILT management clunky or time-intensive, it may make sense to benchmark your LMS’s capabilities against others in what is a robust and rapidly evolving learning technology market. If your incumbent LMS doesn’t meet your needs or falls short in certain areas, it may be time to consider an upgrade.

Brandon Hall Group SmartChoice® Platinum Preferred Provider LearnUpon LMS helps more than 1,300 businesses around the world unlock the power of learning. Combining user-focused technology and industry-leading expertise, LearnUpon enables businesses to deliver impactful training that fuels employee, partner, and customer success.     

LearnUpon, which positions itself as an Extended Enterprise LMS, has recently revamped its Instructor-Led Training Center, resulting in several functionality improvements and a new interface to ensure delivering ILT is more flexible, efficient, and user-friendly than ever before. ILT Training Center functionality now includes the ability to access, create and manage sessions in one convenient place, automated attendance tracking, waitlists, and much more.

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