Has traditional online learning failed to meet your expectations?  Has it left you desiring yet another learning innovation? Training and development professionals may have thrown the “baby out with the bathwater” when they rushed to replace tried and true classroom instruction with online learning.  In the process, online learning displaced instructor/participant interaction and diminished learner engagement.

As a twenty-five year training and development veteran who has taken and taught courses through a variety of learning platforms, my first introduction to instructor-led LIVE Online Training was truly an aha experience.  I enrolled in the BoardSource’s Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education course and was quickly sold on the LIVE Online platform.  Through the online chat feature, I experienced instructor/participant interaction unlike any I had seen with traditional online learning.  The instructor held me accountable through interactive techniques which kept me engaged and prevented me from stepping away to refresh my coffee, answer phone calls, or respond to emails.  I successfully completed the course with a firm understanding of the content, confidently passed the post-training assessment, and added a certificate to my resume.  The LIVE Online format combined the best attributes of classroom and online training.  As a result, I anticipate taking and teaching LIVE Online courses in the future.

In addition to being an effective format for learning, LIVE Online training delivered a number of benefits.  Among them were:

  1. An affordable price due to reduced trainer overhead.
  2. No added costs for travel, lodging, and meals.
  3. Convenience stemming from a variety of course dates and times to choose from.
  4. Access to recorded sessions if I missed a class. 
  5. The ability to continue interaction with the instructor beyond the end of the course–something that is not readily available with online learning.

If you want to experience the best features of classroom and online training–convenience and interaction—I encourage you to consider instructor-led LIVE Online training.  You can try out LIVE Online by registering for a free 30-minute preview offered through a partnership between the Institute of Certified Professional Managers and The Center for Professional Training and Development.