The internet continues to change and upgrade faster than we think. Now-a-day, training courses are available from the comfort of your own desktop. This transition happened at a rapid pace, in which there was little time to see how it might have impacted our learners. Not all learners prefer online classes, some find it more beneficial to take a class with a more traditional approach.
The course content is the number one factor in deciding whether a course is successful online or in person. Most learners find this decision easier when deciding if the material is best learned by an instructor or individually at their own pace.
How much interaction does my course require?
Technology has progressed making it easier to interact online. If your course requires basic interaction, the course can fill the need of communicating through chat rooms, forums and video conferencing building a stimulation of a classroom environment.
But if the course requires learners to work together, it might be easier to work in a face-to-face setting. At times, learners might find it difficult to interact with each other given that their not really physically there to visualize ones’ assignment. Sometimes, as good as our computer technology is, there is still no way to simulate the type of interaction needed for people to work together to save a life.
All instructors have their own way of teaching a class; Some are a lot more active than others. Some instructors get right to the point, while others take their time explaining in detail. Students and instructors also have to consider the most effective way a student will learn the course material. At times the course material may be simple to explain, but by furthering a discussion, learners can take the content you’ve taught them and apply it. At times, the learner might find it a bit difficulty to create some kind of free exchange of ideas unless everyone is actually located in the same time and space.
Asking and answering yourself these questions should start to give you an idea of whether your course would benefit online or from having a face-to-face training interaction. Finding the right balance for your course is an important step in your decision-making process. Look over the course material, see how much interaction is involved in the course, or for better judgement, would this course be consumed better in-person or online?