Virtual learning has certainly picked up in popularity over the last six months, and it’s not going away anytime soon. In fact, today we’re going to explore a type of virtual learning that you may not have yet considered, but one that’ll make a big difference to your people.
Read on to find out why you should consider running virtual learning masterclasses within your organisation.
8 reasons to consider running virtual learning masterclasses:
#1: Virtual learning masterclasses eliminate the need to travel
With travel restrictions set to be an ongoing challenge for organisations, embracing virtual training and online learning just makes sense. Running virtual learning masterclasses eliminates the need for travel, including commuting to the training venue, providing a level of flexibility that’s otherwise difficult to achieve.
#2: Coordination of virtual learning masterclasses is simple
Where in the past you’d be trying to coordinate the roll out of learning initiatives across multiple offices and departments, struggling to find dates that suit the majority, virtual learning takes all the coordination hassle out of the picture. Virtual instructor-led training (VILT) can be delivered on short notice and, depending on the group size, can be rolled out across multiple departments within a few days. It’s never been easier to deliver on your key learning outcomes.
#3: Virtual learning masterclasses are a cost-effective development option
By taking away the costs associated with face-to-face training such as travel, accommodation, venue and catering, offering virtual learning masterclasses can be an extremely cost-effective option for training and development. With this in mind, you have the capability to deliver on multiple learning requirements with the same or an even smaller budget than you would usually allocate towards face-to-face L&D initiatives. Talk about bang for your buck!
#4: Providing virtual learning masterclasses can inspire and motivate employees
According to our recent The State of Remote Work survey, over 60% of organisations are set to continue working remotely in 2021 and beyond. With employees continuing to work in this distributed fashion, offering virtual learning masterclasses can be a great way to improve employee engagement and prepare individuals for internal advancement.
#5: Virtual learning masterclasses can dive deep into a specific topic
Whether your organisation would like to encourage innovative thinking after changes within your industry or support managers with training in virtual leadership skills, a masterclass learning option may just be what you’ve been looking for. While we’ve already developed a Masterclass Series that dives into four distinct topic areas, we’ve worked with clients like McCormick Australia to custom-build a masterclass series to suit their specific needs.
#6: Running virtual learning masterclasses causes minimal disruption to the workweek
One of the downsides of face-to-face training is that it often conflicts with key tasks and projects that need to be completed during the workweek. It can be difficult to time training so as to not interfere with work commitments, particularly when you need to get everybody in a room for 1-2 full days of learning. In contrast, when running virtual learning masterclasses the learning can be spread out across multiple weeks with each masterclass streaming live for 1-1.5hrs at a time. This approach causes minimal disruption to the workweek and also gives learners the opportunity to implement new strategies in between classes and come back to the next session with any questions that may have come up.
#7: Virtual learning masterclasses can be more engaging than face-to-face training
While we’re big fans of face-to-face learning when it’s a possibility, it’s also quite easy to see how learners could be distracted by their colleagues in a typical classroom setting. Introverts may also be less likely to ask questions during a face-to-face setting, detracting from their overall learning experience. By offering virtual learning masterclasses we’ve found that learners can actually be more engaged and tend to ask more questions.
#8: All aspects of virtual learning masterclasses can be tailored to your needs
Depending on your virtual learning provider, for the most part virtual training is much easier to customise and tailor to your specific needs. In our virtual training studio, PTV, we can customise our set design to include our client’s branding and often tailor our examples and content towards our client’s industry and specific needs.
As you can see, there’s plenty of great reasons to consider virtual learning masterclasses as a training option for your people. If you’re curious to learn more about how we run our masterclass learning sessions at Pragmatic Thinking, send us a message here. Or, if you’re keen to see our world-class virtual training studio in action, book yourself in for a studio tour over here.