OK. The title sounds like I'm complaining about a lack of student interest. I'm not, actually. No, I really mean, WHERE are students GOING when they take tech courses nowadays? Do they look for a physical location to take a course with an actual instructor, so-called Instructor-Led Training (ILT), or are they more interested in the convenience of online training?
I thought more and more people would naturally just opt to take their courses online. I thought maybe our whole training model was flawed, so I found a source to offer courses instantly on the web. But then I got some funny comments that brought home some interesting points about online learning.
1). Unless it's a live online class, which we are looking at offering in the near future in addition to our live classes on-location, it seems that people are easily bored. Imagine that! No interesting instructor to throw an eraser at you when you start nodding off! If you're looking for high quality online courses, try to find some with interactivity if this sounds like you.
2). Unless people actually leave their offices, often the training can get lost in the shuffle. If it happens at all it happens in-between this and that, or after-hours, and the upshot is it can be difficult to find the time or motivation to go through online training courses.
3). Getting training with an actual person away from the office can provide a terrific learning experience without the drawbacks. Students don't have work in front of them to distract them (except their smartphones); they are physically away from work so they don't have people interrupting them; they also have a live, interesting person to learn from in an interactive format.
So is Instructor-Led Training dead? Nope. Not by a mile! But we're still considering offering both live Instructor-Led Courses, as well as purely online learning courses for those that do well with this format.
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