The rise of Virtual Instructor-led Training

Virtual training, and specifically virtual-instructor led training (VILT) has been on the rise, with COVID-19 removing the ability to hold events, conferences and training sessions in person.

What’s great about VILT is more participants can be reached in more locations than ever before. This means new customers and regions are now accessible in a way that they previously were not.

In line with this, there have been improvements in the technology that powers VILT and virtual events. Most platforms offer live stream and pre-recorded sessions, multimedia presentations, and virtual networking tools as standard.

VILT and Virtual IT labs

Companies that train or sell software know how important hands-on experience is. Running VILT with Virtual IT labs gives these companies exactly that. In a virtual classroom, each participant receives access to a virtual lab environment that replicates a real world environment.

Run Multi-region VILT

Instructors often run into challenges providing participants in different regions access to virtual labs. Sending invitations to participants is simple, since labs can be accessed from anywhere. However, when the infrastructure is in a different region to the participant, this can impact virtual lab performance.

As a result, instructors often set up separate events in different regions to optimise virtual lab performance. This results in additional administrative overhead that is inefficient.

Multi-region VILT from the same virtual classroom

Heropa allows VILT to be run across multiple regions simultaneously. Within a single virtual classroom, you can spin up environments in more than one region. This provides participants with a virtual lab environment that’s local to them.

This is more convenient for instructors, and also ensures participants get the hands-on experience with software they need. And what’s more, all the other VILT features such as over-the-shoulder assistance, integrated chat, video and screen sharing are available as well.

To learn more about how to set up multi-region VILT, speak to us today.

Heropa announces the latest release of Virtual Labs, their next generation IT practice labs platform for TAFE, University, and IT learning organisations.

Heropa’s Virtual Labs platform provides TAFEs and Universities with a fast, easy and secure method to create full-featured IT practice labs in the cloud. Using the platform, these organisations can increase student engagement and completion rates, while reducing the total cost of ownership. By using Virtual Labs, students gain unparalleled hands-on access to virtual environments from anywhere.

“This latest release of Virtual Labs has a strong focus on analytics” said Jason Kinsella, Director at Heropa. “One of the key messages we received from visitors to our stand at the EduTech conference this year, was that they all struggled to get access to accurate detailed student activity information. As education moves from classrooms to online environments, student engagement and completion rates significantly decrease, with dropout rates as high as 80%. This latest version of Virtual Labs captures all student activity in real-time and provides both dashboard reporting and scheduled engagement triggers that are completely customisable. By exposing these granular student metrics to course administrators, we have already seen significant increases in student engagement and retention rates. Virtual Labs has always been very strong in providing students with an excellent experience, and now with the introduction of analytics on the platform, the course administrator experience is also greatly enhanced.”

Benefits of the Heropa Virtual Labs platform include:

  • All aspects are fully managed to ensure each student has a secure and predictable experience. This allows educators to focus on teaching, and not the management of the underlying technology.
  • Labs can be scaled to match teaching needs and student numbers. Learning organisations need never be restricted by physical lab environments again. Everything is done on-demand, in the cloud.
  • Security risks are eliminated by removing the need to grant access to an organisation’s internal infrastructure from untrusted traffic sources. Every student environment is fully isolated and secure.
  • Significant cost savings can be realised compared to physical infrastructure deployments, by only paying for consumed resources.

About Heropa

Heropa has revolutionised how Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) deliver IT courses to their students. This Australian cloud provider established in 2010 provides a fast, easy and secure method to create full-featured virtual lab environments in the cloud. With their Virtual Labs platform, organisations can increase student engagement and completion rates, while reducing the total cost of ownership.

For more information, please contact:

Jason Kinsella

Tel: +61 421 733 465