In early 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies had to make a leap of faith and switch from face-to face training to online tuition. A terrifying concept for some – especially those whose in-person training sessions were already a huge success.
Fast forward a few months, and most businesses have realised the amazing benefits of online learning, as in many ways, online lessons are now proving more advantageous than face-to-face training.
Of course though, some training providers are better than others, which is why you need to choose wisely.
To this end, look for a high-quality training academy which offers specialist teaching by industry experts who will further your skills and offer you support over the years ahead, and make sure to find an academy that’s led by tutors who are professionals in a specific field – as opposed to an academy which offers more generic training.
This will ensure you’re in good hands.
What Should I Expect From My Training Academy?
For you to find your experience relevant and worthwhile, your pre-course care should not be overlooked. This involves having contact with the delegates in advance of the course, to chat through your requirements and ensure that the course is targeted and tailored to your needs.
Neither should you or your tutor simply ‘rock up’ without finding out in advance what your current skillset is, and what you would like to get out of the course. Building up a bit of a rapport before the online learning session begins will ensure that you feel more at ease at the start of the course, and it will make life easier for your tutor too!
Then, when you’re all set up, laptop on, poised and ready for the Zoom session to begin, the situation will be easier for some than others.
You might already be a tech whizz, or your buzzing social life may mean that you’ve virtually clinked a few glasses of Prosecco with friends over the lockdown period.
For others, this may not be an experience which feels quite so comfortable, and this is where delegates often experience the benefits of that pre-course introduction.
Zoom’s Sophisticated Software
Using Zoom for training purposes is very different to using it to toast your cousin’s birthday at a weekend virtual gathering.
Used to its full capacity, Zoom is an efficient, smart, and sophisticated piece of software, thanks to its many interactive capabilities.
Being able to annotate everyone’s screen puts training via Zoom a step ahead of face-to-face courses, where the tutor may need to go round the room attending to individual delegates and possibly holding up the natural flow of the course as a consequence.
With Zoom, screens can regularly rotate throughout each of the delegates during the course; this means that everyone can see what others are doing. The shared experience improves remote communication and builds a sense of camaraderie which is equivalent to in-person courses.
The ability to have an easy group interaction is a feature of Zoom that should not be underestimated, as it can bring a much-needed sense of community during a time when many are feeling quite isolated.
This method of upskilling in a social setting offers a renewed sense of optimism and empowerment for those who aren’t able to attend face-to-face training, but who want to improve their skills and future job prospects.
Online learning has logistical and monetary advantages too, as it fits well around tighter timescales and finances – no travel or overnight accommodation will be needed! Learning and socialising online may also provide networking opportunities for you to improve your connections and gain a ‘foot in the door’ with your industry.
Once the course is over, that shouldn’t mean the end of the support. Personalised help and post-course guidance should be readily available. The online lessons can, and should, be screen recorded.
Then, your training provider can hand out this material to delegates (preferably free of charge), along with other useful course content. The post-course care is just as important, if not more so, than the pre-course involvement.
Do Your Research
When choosing a course, look at the quality of the training, the tutors, and the post-course provision. Full support through video calling, emailing, and phone should be offered, with delegates being encouraged to use this service.
The extra support is essential to reinforce everything that you’ve learned from the course, and to ensure that you make the most of your experience. As such, these post-course materials and guidance are of great benefit to your online learning experience.
Finally, make sure that you check out the reviews of any course before signing up to it. You should be trained by experienced industry experts who are passionate about what they do.
Find the right training academy for you, and you’ll be racing to online learning success in no time!