What is your preferred training method?
The modality should be dependent on circumstances - the experience of the student, the particular need, logistical constraints, etc. I don't need an ILT class to get an overview of HDS Community, but if I want to practice performance tuning a VSP, then hands on is required.
my preferred training method is actually a good mix of self paced and ILT/vILT, depending a bit on the subject. I always need Audio, Visual and hands on options to improve existing skills or understand new information better.
I agree...it's very dependent on the content and on the urgency. If I'm in a hurry, I can quickly pull up a tutorial to perform a specific task with a tool, but if I wanted to get a more in-depth understanding and competency of that tool I would prefer an ILT or vILT.
I've done a lot of training and I must say, I tend to learn a lot about the subject matter from other students who've had different experiences to what is being delivered in the curriculum. We live in a world of processes and exceptions, you can learn processes from a book, but you can only directly or indirectly experience an exception. Remote based interaction is still fairly primitive, so its gets the thumbs down from me.
With Cris on this one. And for me, if there was an understanding I took away from college it was that better schools may or may not have better classroom, but the real benefit was being put in the midst of better student who challenge and grow you.
Given the 3 listed though, I'll opt for WBT over IBT or VBT as I tend to like to prep-view and repeatedly view during the process if it's complex enough. The feeling that I may be slowing down the classroom or covering obvious areas tends to stop me from seeking clarification as well.
I'm in alignment with Roguen. Often overlooked is the impact of the tone, approach and acumen of an instructor themselves on learning outcomes and engagement with the subject, not to mention the student makeup of a classroom, games and social nature to which learning has evolved. Personally, I appreciate experiential or collaborative project based learning that is releveant to my day to day life. Not just theories.
Agree with Roguen. I like to set my own pace for learning and go back and re-read parts as required - I digest things slowly and in an unstructured manner.
But then I like to be able to augment that learning with access to people (online or otherwise) that I can go to for clarifications and specific use cases.
This approach I prefer is mostly for technical learning.
Depending on the type of training I would also say a mix of WBT and ILT/vILT..
Nothing is better than having a cup of coffee with the instructor and other students in the break room sharing ideas, thoughts, and problem solving.
Instructor Led is ideal, but Virtual Instructor Led really helps to reduce travel. Interestingly, I prefer vILT split into 2 parts per day. Breaks in between really allow me to tend to other work and personal situations and come back focused for the next several hours of training.
Thank you for asking dear rbhatt!
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