By Nick Harris
If you are new to virtual training, the first thing you should know is that you are in safe hands. The thought of learning a new product, or a different way of working can be daunting enough without the added concerns of whether you will be able to hear and see the trainer. With our virtual training, you are guided through the course by experienced instructors who act as your meeting hosts for the duration of the course, as well as being experts on making sure all the communications are working properly. We use several virtual classroom platforms and we select the most appropriate one for a training course based on the customer, the format of the course and the product. Our goal is to make the virtual experience as close to a physical one as possible and for you to forget that the instructor is not in the same room as you.
With that in mind, the things you should consider when choosing a learning path are the same whether you are attending the courses in person or virtually. Firstly, think about the outcome of the training, what are you trying to achieve? It could be that you need to be able to review the progress your team are making on a Revit project, or that you want to switch to 3D modelling in Inventor, or even that you are changing career and you want to learn game animation in 3ds Max. That outcome informs the training courses, self-service resources and certification options you need to consider. We can help here, talk to us about outcomes and we will identify the courses and resources available to you.
Once you have decided to attend one of our virtual training courses there are a few things we suggest you do to make sure that the course is as comfortable as possible.
- Find a quiet area, away from distractions and background noise. It is important that you are able to concentrate on what the instructor is explaining and follow the demonstrations of the exercises that you need to complete.
- Try and use a headset. It will make conversations clearer and help to block out background noise.
- If you can, use two screens during the training course, one to practice the software on and the other to view the instructor’s presentation. Having two screens isn’t essential, but they reduce the amount of switching between applications. Some home workers have connected a television to their computers for the training course. All televisions and most laptops have an HDMI port that makes it easy to connect the two.
- Have refreshments to hand like water and snacks. There will be plenty of breaks during the course including one for lunch, but it is important to keep hydrated and your energy levels up.
- Consider how you will manage phone calls and emails. Try and behave as if you are in a physical classroom and let your colleagues, friends and family know that you’re attending a short, intensive training course and you will be slower responding to non-essential messages.
Finally, if you are concerned about whether learning remotely is for you, or that the software we use to deliver the training is compatible with your computer, then let one of our instructors run a test session with you. Contact us to arrange a call with our training team and find out why many of our customers are switching to virtual training.