Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Instructor-led or Virtual Classroom?

Some of you (fellow educators) may wonder which delivery method is best for your students when it comes down to instructor-led classroom versus virtual classroom.  It is a valid question and there is no right or wrong answer for choosing one over another.

In this post, I'll be sharing when I choose instructor-led versus virtual classroom.

Use Instructor-led classroom (Face-to-face)


  • The learning objectives require hands-on work process observation.
  • Participant motivation is low.
  • There is a low development budget.
  • Nonverbal communication, leadership, interpersonal skills, or in-person group interaction is required.
  • The content is politically sensitive.
  • The class seeks to change attitudes in addition to skills and/or knowledge. Click here to learn more about skills, knowledge and attitudes.

Use Virtual classroom (WebEx, Adobe Connect, Google Hangouts, etc)


  • The audience is geographically dispersed.
  • There are few facilitators available, or you are the only teacher.
  • The participant population is rather homogeneous in knowledge of the content area.
  • There are a moderate number of participants.
  • Participants would benefit from interaction with other participant.
  • The training is a combination of knowledge and skills. Click here to learn more about skills, knowledge and attitudes.

So which method do you use?

Source from ASTD Designing Learning Program

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