Classroom training, though traditional in approach, still holds a central position in today’s corporate training and development scenario. Traditional training is a term used to describe a formal classroom training scenario, where a lecturer addresses a group of learners, and interprets the outcome using paper-based assessment. Right from the start, one can already tell that traditional training isn’t a time and cost-efficient activity in the 21st century.
Time is a valuable resource today, and traditional training demands a lot of it. The Association for Talent Development (ATD) has reported a percentage drop in the number of companies using Instructor-led Training (ILT) from 58.4% in 2010 to 49% in 2015. The reason for this drop is associated with an attempt at reducing the cost of time, efforts, and resources required to facilitate traditional training. That being said, 49% organizations still use traditional training globally, and the good news is, modern learning management systems (LMS) are great tools to formalize your traditional training as well.
An LMS can be a capable tool when used correctly. One way to use an LMS right is by using it to pre-train the employees before the actual classroom training session. A training session could sometimes spread across a whole day to a complete week, it starts by covering topics that are basic (introductions) moves on to the body (theory) and ends with a conclusion. There is a good chance that each section may have certain fairly general parts that act as precursors to that section and yet, are important to introduce a subject before explaining it. The trainer has to cover these sections before starting the actual subject. Otherwise, just because they skipped an easy-to-understand topic to save time, they may risk the possibility of the learners not understanding the topic completely.
If the same trainer instead chooses to upload a piece of content that explained this topic in detail on an LMS and asks the learners to get introduced to the topic before attending the training session, they are effectively saving his and their own time and can now divert greater attention towards covering the core of his subject. This is called pre-training, where the learners are prepared before the training activity itself. Imagine a 5-hour training initiative being reduced to a 3-hour training activity because everything basic is already available on the LMS for either pre or post training.
Scheduling, Broadcasting, and Attendance
Planning an organization-wide training initiative is a complex task, especially when it’s in a traditional classroom training setting. The task of scheduling the training on a specific day, checking for trainer and venue availability, intimating all employees, confirming the number of attendees, and finally confirming how many registrants attended is definitely a tedious and time-consuming task. Combine it with the responsibility of tracking 50+ people and it becomes even tougher.
Most modern LMSes come with the ability to provide all-rounded support at scheduling and hosting classroom training. By using the LMSes calendar, administrators can check for a trainer’s availability, book a conference room from any of the available rooms in the organization, send a broadcast to all employees on their personal mail telling them about the day and date of the training who in-turn accept the invite if interested. Where traditionally a lot of efforts were required to keep a track of all these functions, the LMS now does it in a much simpler way. Post the training, the trainer can finally check how many people attended after registering. It is the ability to streamline training set-up activities prior to the actual training itself that actually makes the LMS very helpful in this case.