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Seven Elements of an Effective Virtual Instructor-Led (VILT) Session

Updated: Mar 25, 2023

Effective Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)

Virtual instructor-led training (VILT) is a training approach in which the instructor and learner are in separate locations, yet meet in a virtual or simulated environment where the instructor provides training to the learner.

The Benefits of VILT Sessions

Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) sessions offer several benefits to both the learners and the organizations providing the training. Here are some of the key benefits of VILT sessions:


VILT sessions eliminate the need for travel, accommodation, and venue rental, which makes it a cost-effective option for training.


VILT sessions are flexible and convenient as participants can join the session from anywhere with an internet connection, making it ideal for learners who are geographically dispersed.


VILT sessions are interactive, allowing participants to engage with the instructor and each other through chat rooms, breakout rooms, polls, and surveys.

Personalized Learning

VILT sessions can be customized to meet the specific needs of the learners, allowing them to learn at their own pace and focus on areas that they need to improve.

Immediate Feedback

VILT sessions allow participants to receive immediate feedback from the instructor, which helps them to identify areas where they need to improve and make corrections.

Consistent Delivery

VILT sessions provide consistent delivery of training content to all learners, regardless of their location, which ensures that all learners receive the same level of training.

Environmental Impact

VILT sessions have a positive impact on the environment by reducing the carbon footprint associated with travel.

VILT vs. On-Demand Training Sessions

Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) and On-demand training are two popular methods of delivering training programs. While they both have their advantages and disadvantages, they differ in several key areas.

Delivery Method

VILT sessions are delivered in real-time, with an instructor leading the session and interacting with the learners. On-demand training, on the other hand, is pre-recorded and available for learners to access at any time.


VILT sessions offer some flexibility, as learners can join the session from anywhere with an internet connection. However, they still need to adhere to a specific schedule. On-demand training, on the other hand, is more flexible, allowing learners to access the training content at their convenience.


VILT sessions offer real-time interaction with the instructor and other learners, making it a more interactive experience. On-demand training, while it may include interactive elements, does not provide the same level of interaction as VILT sessions.


VILT sessions can be customized to meet the specific needs of the learners, but this customization is limited to the content covered during the session. On-demand training, on the other hand, can be fully customized to meet the needs of the learners.


VILT sessions may require more resources, such as an instructor and technology, which can make them more expensive than on-demand training. On-demand training, on the other hand, can be more cost-effective since it is pre-recorded and requires fewer resources.

Time to Completion

VILT sessions are typically completed in a shorter amount of time since they are delivered in real-time. On-demand training, on the other hand, may take longer to complete since learners can access the content at their own.

Seven Elements of an Effective VILT Session

To ensure that your VILT session is successful, you need to incorporate certain elements.

Here are some of the key elements of a good VILT session:

  1. Clear objectives: The session must have clear learning objectives that are communicated to the participants at the outset. This will help participants stay focused and know what they should expect from the session.

  2. Engaging content: The content should be engaging and interactive to keep the participants interested and focused. Use a variety of media such as videos, animations, and interactive exercises to convey the information.

  3. Interactive sessions: The VILT session should be designed to be interactive, encouraging the participants to participate and contribute. Use chat rooms, breakout rooms, polls, and surveys to engage participants and encourage them to ask questions.

  4. Well-prepared instructors: The instructors leading the session should be well-prepared, knowledgeable, and able to answer participants' questions. They should also be able to guide the participants through the material in a clear and concise manner.

  5. Technology: The technology used in the VILT session should be reliable, easy to use, and accessible to all participants. Test the technology beforehand to ensure that it works smoothly.

  6. Clear communication: Communication is key to the success of a VILT session. The instructor should communicate clearly, be articulate, and use a tone that engages participants. They should also be available to answer questions and address any concerns that participants may have.

  7. Feedback and evaluation: At the end of the session, provide participants with an opportunity to provide feedback and evaluate the session. This will help you understand what worked well and what needs improvement for future sessions.

About LMS Portals

At LMS Portals, we provide our clients and partners with an affordable SaaS-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows you to launch a dedicated training environment (a portal) for each of your unique audiences.

We offer a complete library of ready-made corporate training courses, covering most every aspect of corporate training and employee development.

Our platform includes an embedded course authoring tool that enables most anyone to build engaging courses quickly and easily. So you can build your own courses, utilize our off-the-shelf library, or some combination of the two.

If you choose to, you can create Learning Paths to deliver courses in a logical progression and add structure to your training program.

The system also supports Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) and provides tools for online coaching and social learning.

Contact us today to get started or visit our Partner Program pages

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