Today’s Many Training Options

There should be an image here!If you’re thinking about taking some sort of training, you have many different options to consider. From classroom training to job shadowing, there is sure to be an option that best meets your learning requirements and schedule. So let’s take a look at some of the many training options that are available.

  • On-the-job training — this may be in the form of job shadowing or coaching, both formal and informal.
  • Self-paced, e-learning — many companies specialize in e-learning and offer hundreds of courses to choose from. The nice thing about e-learning is that it is usually self-paced so you can work at your own pace when time permits.
  • Training books written by experts — don’t rule out books and manuals as a form of training. For some people, reading a book is their preferred way to learn. Many books now come with CDs that offer additional learning tools such as simulations.
  • Online simulations — many Web sites offer online simulations where you can gain practical experience as you work through lab simulations.
  • Classroom training — you always have the option of taking short workshops which are anywhere from one to five days in length. There are many training vendors out there who offer short training courses recognizing that many people cannot be away from work for more than two or three days.
  • Extended training — Most universities and colleges offer training in the evenings and on weekends. These courses tend to last several weeks or even several months.

[Photo above by Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Using Virtual Communities To Enhance Learning

There should be an image here!Organizations with their own internal social networks can use the technology in many different ways to enhance the professional development of staff. One way is to create virtual communities of learning for key training programs. The virtual communities become almost like extensions to the training programs.

So what would staff do within a community of learning? If you built a virtual community around a specific training program/course, individuals participating in the training could use the community to engage in dialogue and discussion with peers about any pre-work that needs to be completed in advance of the training. More importantly, after the training, participants can continue to discuss their learning, share ideas and real experiences as they relate to the training, and discuss practical application their learning. In some cases, this is where the real learning happens.

[Photo above by Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Today’s Many Training Options

There should be an image here!If you’re thinking about taking some sort of training, you have many different options to consider. From classroom training to job shadowing, there is sure to be an option that best meets your learning requirements and schedule. So let’s take a look at some of the many training options that are available.

  • On-the-job training — this may be in the form of job shadowing or coaching, both formal and informal.
  • Self-paced, e-learning — many companies specialize in e-learning and offer hundreds of courses to choose from. The nice thing about e-learning is that it is usually self-paced so you can work at your own pace when time permits.
  • Training books written by experts — don’t rule out books and manuals as a form of training. For some people, reading a book is their preferred way to learn. Many books now come with CD’s that offer additional learning tools such as simulations.
  • Online simulations — many Web sites offer online simulations where you can gain practical experience as you work through lab simulations.
  • Classroom training — you always have the option of taking short workshops which are anywhere from one to five days in length. There are many training vendors out there who offer short training courses recognizing that many people cannot be away from work for more than two or three days.
  • Extended training — Most universities and colleges offer training in the evenings and on weekends. These courses tend to last several weeks or even several months.

[Photo above by Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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Using Virtual Communities To Enhance Learning

There should be an image here!Organizations with their own internal social networks can use the technology in many different ways to enhance the professional development of staff. One way is to create virtual communities of learning for key training programs. The virtual communities become almost like extensions to the training programs.

So what would staff do within a community of learning? If you built a virtual community around a specific training program/course, individuals participating in the training could use the community to engage in dialogue and discussion with peers about any pre-work that needs to be completed in advance of the training. More importantly, after the training, participants can continue to discuss their learning, share ideas and real experiences as they relate to the training, and discuss practical application their learning. In some cases, this is where the real learning happens.

[Photo above by Joshua Rappeneker / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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