During the pandemic, education has faced a vast shift from physical classrooms to virtual settings. Virtual training can for example include e-learning, micro training, and virtual classroom sessions. Classes had to change rapidly, leading to a new learning environment both for teachers and learners. But the shift also brings new opportunities, and below are five such benefits of shifting to a virtual setting.
Hosting a virtual training will be less costly, since there is no need for transportation. Overhead costs such as conference rooms and study material are also non-existent. Online material can be reused and updated easily, and it takes less time to set up a virtual event. Furthermore, participants can do virtual training without taking time off from their work. In short, virtual training isa surefire way of reducing training costs for the organization. Read more on how Intersport saved 400,000SEK of their training budget for one event.
2. Better for learning
According to IBM, participants learn up to five times more from material online compared to face-to-face training . Participants can learn at their own pace and customize the experience for their individual learning preferences. They also work faster and take in more information through a virtual setting compared to a traditional one. Some participants have an aversion to in-person classrooms and don't perform very well. For them, moving to an online learning environment can reduce stress and a sense of competition.
3. Remembers more
A recent case study by Arizona State University (ASU) and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) found that retention rates for participants taking at least some online courses were 9 - 21 % higher than for traditional education . We naturally learn better with bite-sized content, and with e-learning, participants can learn when it fits them and with just the right amount of study time. With virtual classes hosted in real-time, passive material can be mixed with exercises, questions, group discussions, and breaks. Creating this mix will help to make sure that it's easier for the participants to stay engaged and learn more.
4. Takes less time to complete
Not having to commute to class takes less time. The only thing the participants need to prepare is having a calm environment and a good internet connection. A Brandon Hall report shows that e-learning takes 40-60 % less time for employees to compete than traditional face-to-face training.  This way, e-learning, and virtual training can help corporations save time and create impactful training. Since face-to-face training is more time-consuming, virtual training is an excellent option, since it saves time for both the educator and the participants.
One advantage of virtual training is that there is no limit to the number of seats. More people can participate, and no one will be left behind. There are also no constraints about location – as long as you have an internet connection, you can join. All this makes the barrier of entry much lower for the participants. It's affordability makes scaling much easier too, and at the same time, it doesn’t have to result in less personalization. Participants can acquire personal virtual training by having more freedom of controlling where and how to study. Try our free self-paced eCourse - Design effective virtual training
Virtual training has come to stay since it's easier, faster, cheaper, and scalable. Covid 19 has been speeding up the process, so more companies have shifted to virtual training and seen the benefits. The new form of virtual training is favorable for both educators and participants.
 Arizona State University: https://edplus.asu.edu/sites/default/files/Making%20Digital%20Learning%20Work%C2%A0Appendix%20only.pdf
 Brandon Hall Research Group: http://www.brandonhall.com/blogs/brandon-hall-group-research-published-june-5-june-11/