When it comes to meeting the modern demands of corporate training, if your training organization is not operating at least partially in the cloud then your future corporate learning forecast may not be so sunny and bright.
Why? Due to the highly technical subject matter of many instructor-led training programs—especially for certain applications, IT, technical and software training courses—students who are not in the physical classroom require an interactive, hands-on learning experience that can only be provided through a virtual training platform based in the cloud.
Utilizing cloud-based labs can benefit your organization in many ways, including cost control, global scale-ability, real-time learning simultaneously and, of course, the ability to directly connect and interact with students virtually enhances the overall classroom training environment and improves performance outcomes.
Before deciding whether a cloud-based lab is ideal for your particular training, here are some key questions that industry experts suggest you first must ask:
1. Will the knowledge transfer be improved by offering a personalized experience for remote learners?
There are numerous training subjects for which a cloud-based platform optimizes learning, among them: Partner training on software, technical or security training, software testing and development, product demos and a range of remote training scenarios requiring a virtual learner to fully interact with an instructor and fellow learners. The most effective cloud learning tools allow training to occur with an "over-the-shoulder" view from an instructor, regardless of the learner's location, leading to a much higher rate of knowledge retention.
2. Will a cloud-based training solution enhance learning while also reducing costs?
Training industry professionals report that cutting expenses, even in today's healthy economic climate, remains at the top of their priority list when planning a training event or program. Cloud-based labs reduce travel costs by allowing learners to remain at remote locations, while offering a potentially more engaging training experience for participants; this solution also can save your organization investment in real estate because less room rental space is required.
Further, the most efficient cloud-learning platforms tend to be web-based, which also is a cost-saver, since no additional software installation is necessary to connect the student to the classroom—also eliminating any need for your staff to manage its own hardware.
3. Does your organization have the in-house resources to support cloud-based training or will you need a specialized outsourcing partner?
If you already have the technical staff and necessary resources to execute a cloud-based training delivery, then your organization can execute a training event on its own. However, for the vast majority of businesses and organizations there are outsourcing partners who manage the entire process, resulting in expert delivery and cost-control with a seamless managed experience.
A partner company also eliminates the need to build or manage your own hardware and can the necessary things are hosted by the provider, meaning the cost of setting up, building and managing your own hardware is eliminated. An outsourcing partner can fully manage all aspects of lab creation, imaging, technical administration and scheduling to make the training experience as seamless for you and your learners as possible.
To learn more about how to better train your remote learners with the aid of virtual technology, check out MicroTek's popular article revealing The Four Secrets to Engaging Virtual Learners.