Corporate education and training continues to evolve with the availability of multiple training modes including e-Learning, instructor-led webinars, instructor-led classroom workshops, instructor-led simulation events and m-Learning.
This range of training mode options has created uncertainty for our clients about the training mode or blended program to prioritize. This is especially true when taking into account budget considerations.
It is clear that the landscape for executive education and training is rapidly evolving, influenced by budget constraints, pandemic-related changes, and technological advancements. In response to client uncertainty the analysis below outlines the pros and cons of the different training modes to help clients prioritize and optimize their training solution, especially for large organizations.
- Scalable for large audiences
- Minimal logistical planning
- Easily recorded for future reference
- Reduced engagement with trainees
- Lack of hands-on activities
- Limited networking opportunities
- High engagement
- Immediate feedback
- Networking and team-building
- Costly (venue, travel)
- Budget constraints
- Less scalable for large groups
- Interactive & engaging
- Flexible timing
- Moderate scalability
- Requires reliable internet & hardware
- Less effective for complex topics
- Requires strong self-discipline
- Easily digestible content
- Highly flexible
- Good as refresher or cross-skilling
- Often lacks depth
- Less suitable for complex subjects
- Fast in, fast out
INSTRUCTOR-LED SIMULATION EVENTS (Learning-by-doing)
- Helps retain previous learning
- High interaction with peers
- Competitive environment
- High cost (venue, travel)
- Pre-learning essential
- Only for high achievers
Recommendations for large organizations:
1. Absolutely prioritize:
Given scalability and minimal logistical requirements, instructor-led webinars and e-Learning should be the go-to options.
2. Mix-and-match optimization:
- Use instructor–led classroom workshops for specialized skills and team-building activities.
- Integrate e-Learning to provide standard reskilling and upskilling activities and to build a common way of working and vocabulary across the organization.
- Integrate m-Learning modules as ongoing skill refreshers or cross-skilling.
In conclusion, a blended approach that capitalizes on the strengths of each format will likely offer the most robust and flexible training solution for large organizations.