Just-in-Time, Instructor-led, Remote, Computer Based Training Methods Compared

Storm’s consultants have trained more than 10,000 individuals between them and worked with the organisations whose operation and growth strategies depend on training.

Four common approaches and training methods compared

Self-pacedRemoteInstructor-ledAgile / Just-in-Time

Self-paced and computer based training lead to some of the best outcomes, because learners proceed at the their own speed. For task-specific learning, a 5-minute YouTube video can be highly effective.

Less motivated learners respond poorly to self-learning techniques. These approaches rely on the individual’s commitment to learn diligently and manage their learning effectively.

Remote classroom learning has brought instructor-led training to many people who would otherwise have been unable to travel to the class, which is clearly useful.

It works best for the more confident attendees who are comfortable participating actively without being physically present in the classroom.

For organisations that can afford it, a course run by a great instructor gives attendees a working baseline of information and a great boost to learning.

Courses are designed to meet marketing objectives, so contain far more information than any individual is expected to grasp.

Retention of knowledge following a 4 day adult learning course falls to just 30% if the subject is not activated the following week.

A combination approach, of 1-2 days of foundation training, followed immediately by on-the-job practice, then coaching provides the best outcome for the least cost.

Learners need support as they have some knowledge but are not yet experts. They learn by making mistakes so mentoring and expert support helps individuals to develop skills safely and at the right pace.