Did you notice this about classroom-based training….

I attended a short training session this morning on Blue Ocean Leadership. I am not going to comment about the quality of the training and the topic, but rather on the mode of delivery.

It was just a two hour session. The most engaging parts of the session was when videos were played. There were a couple of rather interesting videos. But I could have watched them on Youtube, I presume.

Halfway through the session, one of the participants starting raising questions, and did this quite a bit. Her issue was how to convince her leadership to adopt this Blue Ocean Leadership concept. After a while, I had to intervene that the issue she has is a dysfunctional leadership, and that this is not the topic of this workshop.

There were quite a number of questions coming from the participants, which is a credit to the trainer and also the topic. However most people just jumped in whenever they had something to ask or to say, and the loudest voice would prevail.

I also saw a fellow who kept trying to put his hand up, and never got his turn. We are talking about a rather small group of about a dozen people.

I could not help comparing this to the discussion boards which we use in our eLearning environment. I would not have to spend time reading the questions and exchanges with the instructor which were not related to the topic and of no interest to me. Also, every single participant can ask any number of questions, and each time, he/she would be just as loud as everyone else.

It took me 40 minutes to drive to the location, a bit of a struggle to look for a car park. All in all, it took me 4 hours to attend a 2 hour training session.

12 thoughts on “Did you notice this about classroom-based training….

  1. I have been a seasoned Trainer to companies I previously worked with. From the the observation that I had, I know that eLearning — is one of the future unconventional type of holding a adult classroom learning. Though, we do have processes we need to take a look at.

    There are relatively common and at point that we need to answer. Who are the audience, the curriculum, the subject matter and the goal. One must remember that the main goal of a training, whether eLearning or classroom based training is the equip employees the knowledge and tools they need to accomplish their task and be successful.

    There are obstacles that we have be observant, especially that will hinder trainees to become a champion. This is where Training Needs Analysis comes in. Remember the target of a TNA is to equip and make an employee successful. It will be an absolute boundless if the company is aiming for accomplishments.

  2. We must really make use of the technology that is available today to save us time, effort, and resources. Online sessions/seminar are really the in-thing nowadays.

    I just finished 6 weeks intensive training as a Virtual Assitant using the internet. We do our class sessions online using applications such as Zoom and GotoMeeting. The class goes smoothly and we learned a lot from our coaches. It is also advantageous for us PWD’s because we don’t have to go to a particular place to attend a class, we just have to go online and learned a lot of things.

    1. I totally agree we must embrace technology, to save time, effort and resources! At some point most of us are afraid of change and the unknown. I was definitely apprehensive to partake in virtual office training. I had been given a target to complete the training in 3 days.

      I started day one dreading what lay ahead for the next 3 days. I signed in and at first glance there were a number of modules that looked overwhelming! As a PWD, this was my first step to an online session.

      Before I knew two hours had flown by, with no interruptions or distractions. I was totally focussed and in the swing of this wonderful new way to gain knowledge. I could go through the training, making notes at my pace and I loved the interaction.

      Needless to say it saved me time and resources, finally completing the training on day 1 within 10 hours.

      I love the online sessions which have equipped me with new tools like GotoMeeting and Google Calendar. Would I consider going back to classroom based training where the loudest voice always prevails? Definitely not! The eLearning environment is the way forward.

  3. I am of the opinion that online learning is a brilliant and cost-effective way to learn new objectives in a fun and extremely quick fashion. I enrolled on an HTML course on Codecademy two years ago and I can state with confidence that it taught me so much more when compared to my textbooks.

    Having said that, although it is an effective way of learning, it also prevents people from socialising as there is no need for an environment where students come together and learn not only the material in a course but also the importance of socialising with other human beings. Online learning (barring, of course, cases where VoIP software is used), removes the need for social interaction and encourages us to develop an introverted personality and as a PWD I have found that that is not the better option.

  4. The whole e-concept that you, Mr. Thomas NG, have intensified lately, curiously enough, coincides with focus of my recent professional and personal interests. And as you, naturally, emphasise mainly the advantages of e-learning, e-working and e-earning, I, in this occasion, would like to discuss the actual amalgamate between the human and the contemporary technology seen from a little bit different, scientific perspective; which will eventually lead to a few suggestions what could improve i.e. complete your business approach.

    In doing this, I also incorporate a first-hand component written by the disabled discourse of mine, which considers post-humanist suffering versus intense technological embrace. Nevertheless, the irony of such a hug is that nowadays we hardly draw an essential organic – machinic demarcation line, which is indeed scary. The eternal dream of establishing a complete connection with our tools, however, certainly needs to point out that when we stripe away all layers of technology, we are only left with the human.

    Living in an era of dramatic changes in electronic features, dwelling in an age of a rapidly paced world, surviving in a semi-real and semi-virtual span, subsisting in the epoch of tectonic socio-cultural displacements, we exist in a state of endless remodeling of the self. Examining the limits of our ability to be infinitely available, balancing between the soft edges of our interiors and exteriors, stretching our artificial inter-humans bonds to the phase of absurdity, we colonise and absorb each other’s alterations. Chronicling disoriented self by the obsessions of consumerism, clicking on constellation of texts, images and sounds, addressing our fictive selves at some “dot-com” locales, peering at floating bits of joys and pains, navigating through an electronic theater of operations, attuning instantly to multiple programs and applications, we reach a stage of annoying proportion: we determine to give human characteristics to objects and content to treat ourselves as machines.

    Cyber related matters mean a way of life to a good percentage of the planet Earth inhabitants, and therefore have grown into a huge area of various academic researches. They enduringly reveal the world in new forms, substances and varieties; and thus imply a necessity for thorough re-conceptualisation of social, cultural and material relations. And they, in fact, permanently and radically change the human existence – and hence experience – in dissimilar and unpredictable directions. Accordingly, we have to be attentive how the contemporary automation represented chiefly through the internet sphere greatly affects our being; why this cyber epoch’s impact is so huge on our belittled selfhood; and what it entails to be with new digital sciences. Or put differently, in what manner information and communication technology intervenes in and conditions our minds and bodies making us cyborgs.

    This phenomenon is especially accentuated at people with disabilities (PWD). Depending on the context in which they find themselves interacting with machines, they actually become multiple bodies and many selves. After this dis-union, it gets difficult to encompass the contours of the world they live in; and cyberspace turns out to be a much more comfortable residing zone than imperfect frustrating tangibility. Because biological certainty of our physicality is conditional aspect of humanity, technology makes us aware of and tempts our (in)ability. Since our being is broken down into high-tech metaphors, the crucial matter to us is to learn how compatible we are with the environment: with others and with ourselves.

    In a deficiency of strong and supportive social structure, and its explicit commitments, it is easy to comprehend why expectation or fear of prejudice and discrimination forces this very sensitive and vulnerable population to prefer to “hide” behind the barriers, walls and screens. Whilst community has historically been physically and geographically constructed, online communities afford much more facile ways of perceiving substantial qualities of the disabled individual. In the real world, where everything is designed to meet the needs of the majority and to afflict its perception, its observable cues that activates schemas serves as an explanation for all the stigmas and dogmas which isolate physically disabled people.
    In this regard, your idea to employ PWD seems great. But to some extent. In the world which likes to call itself enlightened and civilized, assistive technology actually serves as a segregated zone with significant benefits for the disabled population. In the techno environments, where their mobility is quicken, they have the opportunity to “level the working field”. In the sphere where people are not judged by their stereotyped look, the potential of invisibility practically means that they no longer need to be restricted to the etiquette that society imposes upon them. By operating in a medium where a visual perception is not the primary element, disabled people have the chance to present their viable skills, and therefore to function “normally” without exact revealing of their impairment. So, the physical handicap becomes a secondary matter. Whether it will be explained impromptu or it will be “masked”, it heads to something described as a “more positively valued identity” defined by the intellectual capacity. In fact, this convenience provided by the lack of visual hints creates options for disabled people that they are not allowed in tête-à-tête situations.

    Yet, the mirage of liberalisation from constrains looks naïve. When the job is done and the computer is turned off, brute carnality strikes again. So, can people leave their disability behind the screen without any elusive repercussions? On the street, people with disability still remain PWD. In most of encounterers’ minds, they are reduced again to their frail appearance, which is the antithesis of the commanded being associated with linearity, uniformity, adequacy, productivity and/or normality. In the ableist dominated kingdom, disabilism still breaks through its path slowly and heavily. Consequently, their personality is decreased to a classification made by the muscle-dominated world and its able-bodied brawn which implicitly or explicitly influence the course of their social life.

    Let us be realistic. Disability is not only culturally mediated; it is constituted through culture, and, therefore, is not easily permeable into its rigid frames. Resultantly, treating disability is extremely serious problem and needs a solution. Disability might participate through technology in normalcy and cannot be normal yet, let alone be valuable or enjoyable.

    Manoeuvring on the line amongst the two on – offline discrepancies, recognising the essentially political role of the body which serves as boundaries’ marker and as subjects’ separator, and, in fact, using my theoretical and empirical knowledge, I propose expanding of your e-concept from virtuality into reality. For the sake of making Genashtim fully and truly socially responsible company, which would completely take care of its employees, I convey advice to establish a department with adequately trained team which would deal with multiple aspects of disability on individual base. Each worker along with his immediate surrounding would be contribute to it through permanent interviews, questionnaires, narratives, surveys, opinions; in order to evaluate and, hence, to correct the psychological, social and material features of living as and close to a disabled person in an exclusory world.

    The interdisciplinary character of disability is indeed one of the reasons why is this sensitive field of inquiry conceptualised as critical. Disability spreads a starting space from which to think through a host of equally relevant political, theoretical and practical issues. Thus, the gathered data should contribute to better understand its complex nature, to enhance the alertness of inequality, and to allow affirmative ways of reasoning about disability. Disability, therefore, would not only be a stigmatised expression of an individual, but a social gateway to an exploration of general discriminative practices.

    With kind regards,

    Irena Popovska, MA Social & Cultural Theory

  5. We live in time of constant changes. Life modifies and education must adapt with hew frequency, to develop children intelligence of in order providing better ways of grasping knowledge.
    Sharing information is a process that improves with the speed of life. Interest for the knowledge should not be suffocated with methods or rules that belongs to history. New generations should be provided with new tools to explore and develop.

  6. No doubt, eLearning or training is cost and time effective. There is no comparison of eLearning and traditional teaching for peoples living in developed countries where technology and internet is not an issue. But classroom-based training is a need for disadvantaged communities where access to internet and related technology is a challenge in some developing countries. Therefore, eLearning
    Being a person with disability I always prefer learn and work online because technology ease participation and barriers free. At the same time I have seen and faced challenges in eLearning modes too including but not limited to power cut, slow internet connections and sometimes devices failure. So, there are merits and demerits in either mode. So, it is the facilitator’s responsibility to select relevant target groups, assess their learning needs well before conducting the sessions. Also a preset classroom or session norms may reduce irrelevant questions and wastage of time.
    After all, eLearning or eTraining is a transformational mode. The most important thing is that how people and their organizations learn online or in classroom and transfer their learning into practice and performance.

  7. Honestly base from what i just read about that “classroom based training” posted above , was basically, it didn’t really work well to a point that it did not suit to served the prime purpose of the established stretch required of a word “Classroom based training”. First and foremost there should be a prescribed order or rules to be followed, created within the same limit and boundary by the proponent of the said training , to be vet and voted upon upon by substantial members to make the deliberation more of plenary as well as effectivity . Like for an example a sound program that will enumerate the step-by-step process to put order and maintain a time frame as to the progress of delivery of the program.
    Second, is to legislate a charter that will hold and regulate the affairs to be taken in the said program, that can be delegated to the supervisor in charge, which in turn could be the teacher or the speaker itself. The teacher or the speaker then would have a right to sanction and regulate the drift of the conversation and if there sprout an interpelation necessary to build sound policy towards inculcation of information, thus to embrace “mode of delivery”. The teacher would be the sole judge to render if those question tossed around still exhibits the germane of the topic being discussed.He may require those participants to show their propriety by addressing first the teacher if he or she has anything have to say as a response or even to express his contrariety there of.
    Last, is the inexplicable struggles provided for, when you have to go to a cruise, concomitant of having to deal with the traffic would be an absolute aberrant for the applicant to take part of the training. Nonetheless, the situation did not show a great deal of success due to lack of preparation, and thorough planning.Nevertheless, thankful enough that the program did got through.

  8. It shows a situation wherein classroom-based training is more of unreliable source of how can we succor individuals to en kindle them to to be involve in something of worth of their time and effort. A way supposedly , where we should be able to manage soundly and effectively weaving other people’s capabilities to be able for them to maximize whatever latent potential ingrained to them.

    The situation here displays an enormity of how do mode of delivery planked as i thwarts the dissemination of the topic
    which is crucial for all of the participant including the proponents.It invokes vast vetting to be able to procure firm and sound policy that will embrace all intermittent periodic variation that may arouse in a particular given situation such as “training”. However, if those who have operate such training would have proved to attached sound rules and procedure to be implemented by the person in-charge thereof to sanction the time-frame to cramp the sprout of questioner to be able to maintain the wants to take their turns and to regulate a system wherein all of questions and reactions should be funnel by addressing it first to the focal person or teacher in-charge so he may assess the drift of the tide of the question and answer portion to fall under the germane of the topic only.

    In the other hand, the perilous link of having to get on a bus or any public use vehicle including private if they have, would jeopardize the purpose of getting themselves to be whet. Contrarily ,the primary objective of sophisticated learning that has to be clasped on and be enjoyed by those Person With Disability such as i, would suffer to dwindle until it turns to be barren, over just for a simple slip shod mode of delivery lacking security of safety.

  9. I can imagine how frustrating that is for you, on that particular day. This is what exactly I see technology as. Technology offers countless opportunities to maximize efficiency within your business operations, and therefore, save you time and money. We are currently living in a generation where time is very valuable. Therefore, we need to make every minute counts. Going back to that training session, I might suggest to give each participants specific time to give their opinion. I’d also suggest, to make a separate discussion about exchanging each and everyone’s idea. From there, we could manage and organized the event. You actually have a very good point as well, by the way. Thanks!

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