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Classroom Training or Online Course?


MS Associates are strong advocates for face to face classroom-based training, but we do appreciate your decision to pick one over the other depends on your specific learning requirements.

We will always try to offer our clients the best solution to their training needs, so we have put together some helpful information, in our expert opinion.

The first thing to remember is that there is no one size fits all option, as each course offers its own unique pros and cons for the learner or an organisation

When choosing a training platform, it is important to keep in mind the needs of your business and those of your team. While advances in technology make video training more accessible, live training is arguably more personal. Some of your team with thrive in a live setting and others will prefer a PC based presentation.

With many courses, audience participation is vital, particularly health and safety courses, with greater emphasis on compliance in play.

For trainer and learners alike, working with the instructor in person allows them to draw on body language and other nonverbal cues. This can be achieved in physical classrooms as well as live, online events, such as webinars.

However, some online courses can be surprisingly engaging, and some subjects work well in this format. This is usually the case when the idea of the course is information sharing and not competency-based learning.

Classroom training can be somewhat restrictive, as the trainer needs to focus on the group rather than an individual’s learning needs. However, group training enables your team to contribute to a group discussions and exercises, which is a proven way for adults learn effectively. Plus, practical assessments are sometimes key for the trainer to establish a learner’s competency level.

When you learn online, it is easier to focus on the elements of the course you need, working at your own pace. Most virtual training will also allow you to start at the level that makes the most sense for the individual, skipping the stuff that you have already learned.

Classroom based courses will typically follow a structure requiring all students to be present at a given time. So, any absences will be problematic and somewhat inconvenient to reschedule.

With online methods, you will reduce the associated travel costs for the learners or instructor, and employees can fit it into their own schedules.

The costs related to each method of training varies and it always pays to shop around, ensuring the provided is reputable, and that the course offers the outcome you require for both the leaner and the business.

Online training can appear to be a cost saving route for many budget conscious companies, but bear in mind that on cutting business costs.

  • Virtual training often takes place at your desk or at home, where interruptions are common. Each time your employee has to pause their learning and return to it later, they lose productivity due to the cognitive costs of switching tasks.
  • Live training promotes a distraction-free time where you can really absorb the material. Your learners will benefit from an instructor who can monitor and steer the environment in which they learn.

So, online or classroom training? The choice is yours.