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How to choose the right training method for you?

When looking to learn a new skill, grow your knowledge base, or achieve a certification that will propel your career and development forward, there are many considerations, from time and cost investment to how you will learn best.

With a plethora of learning methods available, individuals and organisations face the challenge of selecting the approach that best suits their needs and learning styles. With a choice of online, classroom, blended, and virtual training methods, how do you know which is the right learning method for you?

Online learning

Online learning, also known as e-learning, involves educational material delivered via the internet. This method enables learners to access content from anywhere at any time, offering unparalleled flexibility. Key features include pre-recorded lectures, animated videos, interactive quizzes, and discussion forums.

Advantages

  • Flexibility: Learners can fit their studies around other commitments and learn at their own pace
  • Accessibility: Geographical barriers are eliminated, making it possible to access courses from anywhere in the world
  • Cost-effectiveness: Typically, online courses are less expensive than traditional classroom courses

Drawbacks

  • Lack of interaction: There is limited face-to-face interaction, which can affect engagement and motivation
  • Self-discipline: Learners need a high level of self-motivation and time management skills

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Virtual training

Virtual training delivers real-time, face-to-face training sessions in an online environment. Unlike traditional online courses, virtual training often involves live online classes that mimic the classroom experience digitally.

Advantages

  • Interactive: This option offers real-time interaction with instructors and fellow learners through chat functions, polls, and virtual breakout rooms
  • Accessibility: Like online learning, it breaks down geographical barriers, making education accessible to a global audience
  • Cost-effective: Reduces the need for physical space and resources, and cuts out commuting costs, making it a cost-effective alternative to traditional classroom settings

Drawbacks

  • Technology dependence: Requires reliable internet access and technology, which might not be available to all learners
  • Limited social interaction: While more interactive than e-learning courses, virtual training still lacks the in-person social interaction of a physical classroom

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Classroom learning

Classroom learning is the traditional education method where instruction is delivered in person within a physical classroom setting. This format comprises live interaction between instructors and students, group activities, and immediate feedback.

Advantages

  • Personal interaction: Direct interaction fosters a sense of community and improves communication skills
  • Structured learning: The scheduled classes provide a structured learning environment that can enhance discipline and focus
  • Immediate feedback: Instructors can provide on-the-spot feedback, allowing for quick clarification and adjustment

Drawbacks

  • Inflexibility: Learners must adhere to a fixed schedule, which might not be convenient for everyone
  • Geographical limitations: Students are required to be physically present, limiting access for those far from the training location
  • Cost: Traditional classroom learning can be more expensive due to the costs associated with using physical premises, the cost of the trainer and resources

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Blended learning

Blended learning is a hybrid approach that combines online digital media with traditional in-person or virtual classroom methods. This method leverages the strengths of both online and face-to-face education, offering a flexible and interactive learning experience.

Advantages

  • Flexibility with interaction: Blends the flexibility of online learning with the interpersonal benefits of classroom learning
  • Engagement: The variety of learning formats can increase engagement and motivation

Drawbacks

  • Learning curve: Both instructors and learners may need time to adjust to the hybrid format

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Choosing the right learning environment for you

Choosing the right learning method depends on various factors, including personal learning style, flexibility, cost, and the desired level of interaction. Ultimately, the decision should align with your educational goals, lifestyle, and the specific requirements of the course or training program.

If you need help finding the right learning method for you, our team is on hand to talk you through each option and answer any questions you may have. Find out more by getting in touch.