The internet has, for better or for worse, become the default platform for people seeking information online. One of the most oft-used terms after the pandemic is the term “New Normal.” The pandemic forced schools, universities, and companies to work remotely, and this led to a boom in online learning. Online learning has shown significant growth over the last decade, as the internet and education combined, provided people with the opportunity to gain new skills virtually.
Online learning platforms have given millions of people around the world, the ability to benefit from virtual learning experiences, and this has created huge data, while machine learning has given personalised solutions to course content by using big data. The biggest challenge faced by students and professionals today is to figure out emerging skills, and what they can do to compete best in the global market. We live in a world that is changing so quickly, that skills that were valued just three or four years ago are no longer relevant. People are confused and don’t know what they should be learning. Online learning has become a huge catalyst for people and companies to help them adapt to this rapid change in the world. It is an accepted fact that online learning is the future and will undoubtedly replace land-based learning in the years to come.
What are the advantages of online learning?
Reduced cost. Due to the nature of online learning, travel and lodging costs can be reduced or eliminated completely.
Convenience. Students can choose when and where they would like to participate in training courses – whether they are at home, in the office, or on their mobile devices.
Modular design. To appeal to busy students and professionals, many online programs offer training content in short, incremental modules, which can be completed independently or in combination with other courses.
Increased capacity and scalability. Virtual learning can accommodate large numbers of students without increasing the amount of material or space needed in typical classroom settings.
Increased diversity. Because of the reach that online learning provides, students and trainers from a variety of cultures and geographical backgrounds can participate simultaneously.
What to look for when choosing an online training provider
From the thousands of online training providers available in the market today, how do you pick the best option to meet your personal or organisation’s training needs? How can you make sure they will deliver great training and offer the best value for money? To help you in this challenging task, here are a few tips for you to consider when making your selection.
Accreditation is essentially the industry’s stamp of approval. Training organisations must go through a rigorous process to gain accreditation which usually involves a review of the course content, a review of the trainer and his/her experience and a review of the organisation as a whole. Only when the institute is satisfied with the course quality and ability to deliver will the accreditation be awarded.
The content should be relevant, high quality and deliver specific learning outcomes. You should leave a course feeling like you gained the knowledge that you needed from it and be in a position to implement what you have learnt in a practical way.
How the course is delivered to you will have a considerable impact on how much you learn. There are many experienced trainers in the industry but industry expertise does not always translate into strong presentation skills. A good trainer will be lively, dynamic and interactive. They will communicate clearly and be able to share the content with you in a way that you are able to understand, regardless of your level of experience. And most importantly, they will know their subject matter inside out and back to front.
This may seem like a strange one, but noticing how the training provider communicates with you is very important. Is their marketing information clear, friendly and professional? Do they have a professional website with all the course information? When you make an enquiry, do they respond quickly and are they helpful? These little things matter as they speak volumes about how a business conducts itself. If they get these things right, chances are they’ll get their products right too.
A good training provider will have a good track record. Don’t be afraid to ask them for details of customer feedback from past courses.
Price is important. So why is it last on the list? Because value is more important. And if you find a training organisation that offers all of the above, price should be the last thing on your mind.
Trainocate is one of the world’s largest IT and human capability development training providers with a global presence in 14 countries. We are pioneers in delivering cutting edge training and certifications which are industry recognized and helps professionals expedite their career advancement, and companies increase the credibility and market value of their employees. Trainocate is an Authorized Training Partner with esteemed and prestigious technology partners of the IT & Business Industry.
Our course content is designed with the utmost research and precision by full-time vendor certified engineers with multi-technology competencies. More than 100+ courses have been designed based on customer requirements. The lab exercises are custom made with the specific course content as well. We offer courses that are localized based on requests in major languages.
Trainocate collaborates with the best class certified expert Instructors who train on advanced technology courses to provide high end IT solutions. Across Asia, we have 60+ instructors with industry experience and multi-vendor competencies. They are professional, specialist and expert-level certified in respective areas of expertise. Leveraging on the latest online meeting platforms such as Teams, Zoom, and WebEx, we are capable of extending training sessions remotely to our students at their convenience. Instructors are well versed in local languages and can deliver the training sessions in the language of your choice.