Virtual training is a rapidly expanding concept among today’s employers. However, it is really better than traditional methods that have been used for years, or is it just a fad that companies will quickly outgrow? Like most things, virtual training has advantages and disadvantages associated with its use, and companies must judge for themselves if it is appropriate in their unique work setting. Through the use a thorough needs assessment, a company can make this determination and decide whether or not virtual training provides the desired efficiencies and effectiveness to complement business strategies and objectives.
Virtual Training: Is it Reality?
Virtual training is a relatively new and exciting concept being used increasingly by many employers in the modern workplace. It encompasses many different types of technological advances that are capable of meeting the needs of most any company. The various types of technology include CD-ROM, DVD, interactive video, simulations, internet and web-based training, and e-learning among others (Noe, 2008). However, like most things, it has advantages and disadvantages to its use. Individual companies must analyze existing training programs and capabilities as well as business strategies to determine whether or not virtual training should become a reality in the future of their training program. Some companies may find that maintaining a traditional training approach is more appropriate for their organizational environment. Technology has had a major impact on how training programs are delivered (Noe, 2008). The Society of Human Resource Management, SHRM, has forecasted e-learning as the second most important scientific and technological trend affecting the workplace (Bernardin, 2007). The number of corporations using learning technology has almost doubled in the last two years (Mathis & Jackson, 2006). Even the United States Armed Forces and NASA have numerous advanced...
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