By Alison Smith
As I look at the various ways in which learning can be delivered, there is definitely a move for bite size, instant answers to help negotiate a project problem or a learning gap via mobiles and tablets. The advice once located is then delivered directly to your device which may include a video clip to provide a solution to overcome the issue.
Another way of receiving advice at the time you require it is to take some kind of distance learning, either via the web or via a disc and book based programme. This too is convenient for the user and helps to bridge the knowledge gap.
I have one question for you about learning: although you will learn the specific knowledge you need, how much more are you missing out by not having the additional dimension of other colleagues input, their experience, practising and most importantly, receiving feedback?
It is true that traditional classroom based learning can be expensive in terms of staff time and finances, but it is equally true that during individual and group feedback sessions, the richness of personal experiences that can be readily applied to case studies cannot be gained by reading manuals, or even by completing an online course. There is also the fact that in this situation you can bring a real life project into the training room, and work through possible solutions with others in your organisation.
Project Agency recently ran a 2 day project management course where there was a vast range of experience with projects in the room, from no experience to very experienced. The course was to introduce everyone to new in house approach, and develop project management skills.
After 2 days of training it was time for the evaluation of the course we received the following comment “A very difficult subject to train, and attendees at different levels of knowledge – the trainer was excellent!” How much did all benefit from each other’s different input into the case study feedback? I would say there were invaluable lessons learned and experiences shared which they were able to take back to their work place and apply straight away.
I agree that on demand training has its place in the training arena, but are you being somewhat short changed by this quick fix approach? Let me know your thoughts.
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