Instructor Led On line Training – Protecting your IP

Insights Instructor Led On line Training – Protecting your IP

On line instructor led training has come of age. With the Covid outbreak many more trainers are learning the value of Adobe Connect and Go To Learning.

Unlike e-learning which has the user sit in front of a screen reading and watching videos – instructor led training is far more.

These on-line tools are not just on-line meetings or webinars either. This is important because training is not the same as lecturing and an audience faced with the proverbial ‘death by power point’. These tools provide the trainer the ability to interact with the delegate on line. Features such as

  • White boards
  • Comment/discussion areas
  • Polling
  • Break out rooms

All of these allow the trainer to interact with a small 6-12 group on delegates much the way they would in a physical classroom. For those who have not seen these tools, have a look at the Learning and Performance Institute website at

The LPI also provide training course for trainers which show the very different way of working required for on-line instructor led training compared with the physical classroom and they describe in depth how you simply cannot transfer the face to face course to on line. The course need to be specifically designed for the medium to achieve the best results.

One of the features of these types of software is the ability to record for later playback of the training – protected content since they are shown within the password protected environment. They also allow for the training manual and support documents to be uploaded alongside the training video. However, even though the site may be protected once the PDF s of support materials are downloaded the protection of IP of the manual and supporting materials is lost.


The PDI system of providing an eBook with Digital Rights Management (DRM) can provide a solution. What’s DRM? DRM is a system which encrypts the file in such a way that it cannot be forwarded and restricts the amount of printing and copying that can be done. In addition the system will watermark the book with the identity of the recipient, so that any attempt to fraudulently use a book can be traced. This means that the IP of the course material is protected.

The DRM does not prevent the book being read off-line as well as on-line through a range of devices including PCs, tablets and phones

Used in conjunction with an on-line training tool like Adobe Connect and the training world moves in to a truly digital age. Give us a call to book a demo.

By: Sam Platt