Did you notice this about classroom-based training….

I attended a short training session this morning on Blue Ocean Leadership. I am not going to comment about the quality of the training and the topic, but rather on the mode of delivery.

It was just a two hour session. The most engaging parts of the session was when videos were played. There were a couple of rather interesting videos. But I could have watched them on Youtube, I presume.

Halfway through the session, one of the participants starting raising questions, and did this quite a bit. Her issue was how to convince her leadership to adopt this Blue Ocean Leadership concept. After a while, I had to intervene that the issue she has is a dysfunctional leadership, and that this is not the topic of this workshop.

There were quite a number of questions coming from the participants, which is a credit to the trainer and also the topic. However most people just jumped in whenever they had something to ask or to say, and the loudest voice would prevail.

I also saw a fellow who kept trying to put his hand up, and never got his turn. We are talking about a rather small group of about a dozen people.

I could not help comparing this to the discussion boards which we use in our eLearning environment. I would not have to spend time reading the questions and exchanges with the instructor which were not related to the topic and of no interest to me. Also, every single participant can ask any number of questions, and each time, he/she would be just as loud as everyone else.

It took me 40 minutes to drive to the location, a bit of a struggle to look for a car park. All in all, it took me 4 hours to attend a 2 hour training session.

8 thoughts on “Did you notice this about classroom-based training….”

  1. I have been a seasoned Trainer to companies I previously worked with. From the the observation that I had, I know that eLearning — is one of the future unconventional type of holding a adult classroom learning. Though, we do have processes we need to take a look at.

    There are relatively common and at point that we need to answer. Who are the audience, the curriculum, the subject matter and the goal. One must remember that the main goal of a training, whether eLearning or classroom based training is the equip employees the knowledge and tools they need to accomplish their task and be successful.

    There are obstacles that we have be observant, especially that will hinder trainees to become a champion. This is where Training Needs Analysis comes in. Remember the target of a TNA is to equip and make an employee successful. It will be an absolute boundless if the company is aiming for accomplishments.

  2. We must really make use of the technology that is available today to save us time, effort, and resources. Online sessions/seminar are really the in-thing nowadays.

    I just finished 6 weeks intensive training as a Virtual Assitant using the internet. We do our class sessions online using applications such as Zoom and GotoMeeting. The class goes smoothly and we learned a lot from our coaches. It is also advantageous for us PWD’s because we don’t have to go to a particular place to attend a class, we just have to go online and learned a lot of things.

    1. I totally agree we must embrace technology, to save time, effort and resources! At some point most of us are afraid of change and the unknown. I was definitely apprehensive to partake in virtual office training. I had been given a target to complete the training in 3 days.

      I started day one dreading what lay ahead for the next 3 days. I signed in and at first glance there were a number of modules that looked overwhelming! As a PWD, this was my first step to an online session.

      Before I knew two hours had flown by, with no interruptions or distractions. I was totally focussed and in the swing of this wonderful new way to gain knowledge. I could go through the training, making notes at my pace and I loved the interaction.

      Needless to say it saved me time and resources, finally completing the training on day 1 within 10 hours.

      I love the online sessions which have equipped me with new tools like GotoMeeting and Google Calendar. Would I consider going back to classroom based training where the loudest voice always prevails? Definitely not! The eLearning environment is the way forward.

  3. I am of the opinion that online learning is a brilliant and cost-effective way to learn new objectives in a fun and extremely quick fashion. I enrolled on an HTML course on Codecademy two years ago and I can state with confidence that it taught me so much more when compared to my textbooks.

    Having said that, although it is an effective way of learning, it also prevents people from socialising as there is no need for an environment where students come together and learn not only the material in a course but also the importance of socialising with other human beings. Online learning (barring, of course, cases where VoIP software is used), removes the need for social interaction and encourages us to develop an introverted personality and as a PWD I have found that that is not the better option.

  4. We live in time of constant changes. Life modifies and education must adapt with hew frequency, to develop children intelligence of in order providing better ways of grasping knowledge.
    Sharing information is a process that improves with the speed of life. Interest for the knowledge should not be suffocated with methods or rules that belongs to history. New generations should be provided with new tools to explore and develop.

  5. No doubt, eLearning or training is cost and time effective. There is no comparison of eLearning and traditional teaching for peoples living in developed countries where technology and internet is not an issue. But classroom-based training is a need for disadvantaged communities where access to internet and related technology is a challenge in some developing countries. Therefore, eLearning
    Being a person with disability I always prefer learn and work online because technology ease participation and barriers free. At the same time I have seen and faced challenges in eLearning modes too including but not limited to power cut, slow internet connections and sometimes devices failure. So, there are merits and demerits in either mode. So, it is the facilitator’s responsibility to select relevant target groups, assess their learning needs well before conducting the sessions. Also a preset classroom or session norms may reduce irrelevant questions and wastage of time.
    After all, eLearning or eTraining is a transformational mode. The most important thing is that how people and their organizations learn online or in classroom and transfer their learning into practice and performance.

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