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Online training has come into the fore since the events of 2020, but has had its place in our training programmes even before the ‘new normal.’

There are many advantages in using the internet for the purpose of studying. However, some courses, where practical elements are involved by their very nature, have to be completed in person.

Online learning

Online learning is all about acquiring skills and knowledge at your own pace and time, and is perfect for those who want to develop their potential while they are already in work. Employers can also benefit though these as they will equip staff to be at the forefront of new ideas and technologies.

The pros of online learning:

1. You can be flexible
With training online you can study at your own pace and work your schedule around other commitments such as childcare and your work.

2. You can do it from anywhere
You don’t have to be based at our site in Sheffield to enjoy the benefits of our expert tuition.

3. It’s cheaper
Online tuition means you’re not spending money on accommodation, or travel to a course.

4. Online support
Online course trainers can be emailed with questions as they arise as support is always available online.

5. Accessible
Internet learning is available to everyone with access to a computer.

6. You can replay everything
Downloaded lessons can be gone over again and again to help with information retention.

The cons of online learning:

Social isolation
Though there are opportunities for online discussing, networking and engagement, learning online can make some people feel disconnected from others.

Time management can be difficult
Learning while juggling childcare and work for example takes time management and self-discipline. You may think that you can learn against a background of screaming children and other demands but in theory that may prove difficult.

Theory rather than practice
By its very nature, online learning includes a lot of theory and very little practice, where some courses such as first aid for example need a combination of the two.

Lack of pressure
While we don’t want learners to feel stressed out, email courses can make some people feel a lack of pressure which can affect their course completion rate.

You need to be tech savvy
Computer literacy is a must if you are doing an online course and this will be a struggle for those who just can’t get their head around online learning.

Person-to person training

This is a more traditional method usually done in groups and is suited to courses when you need practical training in certain techniques. For example, if you are doing a course on administering life saving medication you need the practical experience whereas our management courses can be self-paced e-learning.

The pros of training in person:

1. You’ll get more hands on experience
Some courses for those working in the health sector for example, can by their very nature require hands-on training.

2. You can learn in a group
If a number of employees need to train then in person courses may be the most efficient solution as it means they will all learn on the same timeline. Especially useful if a set of new skills is required.

3. More group activities
Learners can be more interactive with each other when they connect in real time.

The cons of training in person:

1. You don’t have the flexibility
The course is held at a certain place and a certain time for which you have to be available.

2. More expensive
You need to travel to the course and maybe if it is over a few days pay for accommodation which all adds up to extra costs for you and your company.

3. More intimidating
For those who haven’t been in a classroom environment for a while or hated school, the idea of face-to face training may be intimidating. Of course, in person training courses are usually interactive as well as great fun but if you have bad memories of your schooldays you may not relish the thought of person-to-person training.

Blended learning

Much learning these days tends to be a mixture of online courses and face-to-face tutoring. You may get interaction with a coach or teacher online, or be required to do some elements of training in person, especially when a course requires practical elements and they are a good way of keeping people motivated and on target with their learning schedule.

As you can see, there are plus and minus points to both kinds of training but at Basegreen Academy we run both kinds of course very successfully whatever your discipline and tailor them to suit your needs.