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Today, let’s continue our previous blog post! Here are the 5 other training features that mimic in-person training in a virtual training environment:

6. A help queue enables instructors to prioritize learners who need assistance, to track the learners who requested help and how long each learner has been waiting for help, and to assign a help request to an assistant instructor if one is available. Requests for help are a vital part of traditional and virtual training, and virtual training companies created this feature to enable learners to ask for help anytime.

7. Follow-up list: Similar to an agenda, the follow-up list keeps instructors organized while giving online instructor-led training. Follow-up lists allow instructors to create tasks, lists and reminders. They typically use this feature to track learner questions that require after-class research.

8. Screen-sharing: With in-person training, instructors often use a projector to share their screen with the class. In virtual training, the projector is replaced with the screen-sharing feature. Within the training delivery platform, instructors can share their desktop with learners or share a learner’s screen with the entire class.

9. Breakout groups: Similar to traditional classroom training, VILT software enables instructors to divide a classroom into smaller groups. While learners are in groups, they can collaborate on case studies and lab exercises or resolve a challenge — and then present their findings to the entire class.

VILT software enables instructors to divide a classroom into smaller groups.

10. Audio requires little bandwidth and is specifically developed for training. When platforms offer multiple audio modes, instructors have full control of how they want to handle audio content in the class.

Effectively using these virtual training tools will allow instructors to engage all of the learners in their classes. When learners begin “raising their hands,” participating in discussions and sending chat messages, requesting help, and responding to assessments on time, instructors will know that their learners are engaged and invested in the learning experience.

Switching from in-person to virtual training can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. This article is a starting point to help instructors understand the features that are available to make switching to virtual training easier.