The most traditional type of instruction is in-person, face-to-face classroom training, led by a trainer who relies on lecture followed by test questions to ensure competency. However, in recent years, training professionals have integrated more opportunities for interaction, including discussions, problem-solving tasks, case studies, and hands-on practice. Learners are immersed in the training experience as they are asked not only to absorb but also to perform, along with trainers who may or may not be experts in the subject matter.
eLearning provides on-demand training to any location using an Internet connection. With the right planning and an interactive and engaging design, it can be just as effective as face-to-face training. eLearning is a great option for learners in multiple locations with busy schedules. eLearning works best for information that does not need frequent updating.
Structured on-the-job training (OJT) is especially effective for companies that need to ramp up new team members quickly and who have strong trainers to teach new employees. OJT gives learners an opportunity to observe their trainers in their regular work environment, which yields powerful training results.
With self-paced training, learners receive a training manual that they read and work through on their own to learn about a specific topic. Learners answer questions throughout each topic to help them consider and apply the concepts and then complete a series of questions at the end of each section to validate their knowledge.
Distance learning is where learners and facilitators in different locations connect over the Internet in live sessions. Distance learning combines the personal interaction of classroom training with some of the convenience of eLearning, making it an excellent option when learners are in different locations but need immediate feedback and live explanations.