We are all experiencing massive changes to our day to day lives due to the pandemic. This is requiring us to adapt and make changes to the way we communicate with colleagues, friends and family. Fortunately with the technology and fast broadband available today many people are able to work remotely extremely productively. So this new way of life is also changing training with people accepting online learning as an alternative to traditional methods.
So, this new world of remote working with all its benefits to the environment, family life and business can be adopted into the way we learn.
So, as we become used to communicating remotely using Zoom it has become a very acceptable training delivery option. Furthermore, it offers some real benefits similar to what we are experiencing in working remotely.
- Zero time travelling or travel expenses
- Learning in your familiar environment
- Fewer distractions from other learners in a classroom
- Those with learning difficulties can be assisted with private zoom breakout rooms
Alternative or Gimmick
If the current situation allowed classroom training would we be considering online virtual training? Firstly we should consider that we are all making changes to the way we do things and training is no different. People still require the training to carry out their work safely and hold the required cards to get work.
So, the awarding bodies carefully evaluated this requirement and have agreed that Online Virtual training courses are acceptable. This has been a game-changer for those wishing to gain the required qualifications for their jobs. Furthermore, it has opened another option that training companies can now offer courses to their clients.
Of course, to provide online learning as an alternative to face to face requires the trainer to have the correct equipment for a professional presentation. Secondly, the course content has to remain the same but modified to engage the leaders in the virtual classroom. This is why we took the time to start offering our Virtual courses so we could ensure a quality learning experience.
“Gimmick is something that is not serious or of real value”
Online Virtual training is now considered a permanent serious option for learning and presents real value to those wishing to gain knowledge and qualifications.
Virtual Classroom is it for me
We all have different preferences to the way we learn it may be that you need loud music or silence to stimulate learning. So where does virtual training sit as a learning experience? It’s a good question so we have a blog that explains what the learners experience.
If you prefer a controlled environment when you don’t get the interruptions from others attending the course then this is for you. There are still opportunities to interact in zoom breakout rooms with learning tasks with others in the course. You just won’t get distracted as the trainer can control the learning presentation muting all until the periods for questions.
The real bonus is that if you aren’t a real mixer and would normally consider an e-learning course for those reasons virtual is a real option. Limited interaction a real trainer to answer questions privately or open forum that you can control. There’s no getting stuck and trying to learn from a book but you will have to be available for the courses scheduled time.
Finally, if you need to gain the qualification quickly then you are no longer restricted by location and availability. Virtual training allows you to take the course from your own location you just have to select a suitable date and time.
What Virtual Courses can I take?
As we embrace the ability to offer our clients Virtual online courses we are developing more courses and scheduling the following:-
- NEBOSH General Certificate.
- CITB Site Safety Plus Courses – CITB HSA (required for CSCS Card) – CITB SSSTS – CITB SMSTS
- Temporary Works Coordinator CITB TWC
- IOSH Managing and Working Safely
All of the Virtual courses can be booked online for individuals or if you require a group course call us 0800 0213 263 for details or pop on our Chat.