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Study: Classroom Training vs Online Training
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Study: Classroom Training vs Online Training

A recent study done at Washington community colleges, which showed that more students drop out and fewer get a passing grade when they take a class online than when they take it in a classroom. And students who already were struggling do worse when a course is changed over to online delivery than when it was delivered in a classroom setting.

"more students drop out and fewer get a passing grade when they take a class online"

 

Adds Verizon Wireless Staff Vice President of Workforce Development Lou Tedrick, “The results of the study don’t surprise me, given the ‘face time’ that is needed for success for most students. If you take that away from a struggling student, his or her performance is likely to be worse. Free online training via YouTube is popular, but for complex topics they tend to waste more time than saving time. Asking a specific question during training that pertains to your work problem is the golden ticket to live classroom training.

"Free online training via YouTube is popular, but for complex topics they tend to waste more time than saving time."


Of course it's not as simple as this study reflects. Online training does have its purpose and advantages. However, the study emphasizes that classroom training proves to be more effective for retention of material since students (from young adults to corporate employees) have a higher rate of concentration since there are less distractions in a classroom than at their computer, where you can have be doing 3-5 other tasks at the same time. Managers and especially Training Managers understand this point all too well, when they test their employees before and after training. Results don't lie and live classroom training comes out ahead each time. The way humans can retain new knowledge hasn't changed throughout the years, even with the Internet. In fact, due to distraction and over multi-tasking, true understanding of a new complex topic is harder to achieve in our new media age.

"students (from young adults to corporate employees) have a higher rate of concentration since there are less distractions in a classroom than at their computer, where you can have be doing 3-5 other tasks at the same time"


Let's also consider the individual learning styles and how each medium affects that. Some students are more receptive to auditory, some visual, some tactile, some kinesthetic (movement and touch). With live classroom training, there are several learning senses going on: a white board with notes written, a trainer talking in a natural speed and can slow down or speed up depending on the class, other student interactions to ask questions you may not have thought of and your questions answered if you are stuck. Live online training does offer some learning senses, but studies show student as less likely to ask questions, especially if there are over seven students in the group. Also, you probably won't be catching up on your local team or Hollywood gossip during a live classroom training, right? 

"Also, you probably won't be catching up on your local team or Hollywood gossip during a live classroom training, right?


In today's reliance on performance metrics, productivity can be measured much better than before. When employees get subpar training and don't become more productive, everyone fails--the price of the training, and the price of time away from work, which is normally more than the training itself is the outcome.


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Here at Sonic Training, we understand that a blended learning strategy is the best and most practical use of your training budget. Not all training can be conducted in a live classroom training approach, but feel free to call us, 877 760 0078, to discuss your (or your staff's) training needs to determine which training method can work best.

A point the article above did not mention is the importance to practice the new skill you just learned. That is why we offer free post class support, where you can email or call us with a class topic-related question. Most training companies don't offer free support. Also, our small class sizes (many averaging 5 students) are perfect for you to ask questions throughout the class.