There are many delivery methods for obtaining PC skills. Each method has its own advantages. Consider the different training options available for the course you are studying and weigh them against your needs. Here are some useful PC Training Methods.
Do you simply need to upgrade your existing skills or do you need to learn a completely new skill? Do you need certification, or only want to perform a specific task? Do you need to learn a complex certification fast or do you have time for a traditional approach?
The first thing you need to do is look at your career – and what it requires. Only you can determine the training method that best matches your budget, your time-frame, and your needs. The most important step towards maintaining your IT skills in today’s world is the first one – reaching out and finding a training program and getting started.
Remember – you don’t need matric to gain enrol for a computer course.
One of the most popular training methods for pc-skills is group training. A lecturer demonstrates the skills or facilitates hands-on instructions. The number of workstations available in the training facility determines the size of the group. The ideal group size for hands-on instructor-led training is 8-10 people.
Individual (one-on-one) Instructor-Led Training
While one-on-one instructor-led training is more expensive than attending a group class, it is a good investment when you have a specific issue to solve or you need to get started in the right direction with your software/hardware needs.
Hands-On Instructor-Led Classes
Hands-on instructor-led training is preferred over lecture/demonstrations when possible, especially for introductory level applications classes such as “Intro to Windows” or “Intro to Excel”. Students get to try out what they are learning, and they are given class files to practice with during and after class. Hands-on instructor-led training is most effective when used with a projection system so the whole class can follow what the instructor demonstrates on screen. While ideally it’s best if each student can have their own workstation, it can be equally effective when two partners share a workstation, which allows more people to take a hands-on class with less equipment. Having a partner also helps keep the class moving smoothly, since one person can usually help their partner when they get stuck.
Hands-on Instructor-Led training requires more time than a lecture/demonstration class, so you may have to limit how much in-depth content is covered. If there are some real beginners who have trouble keeping up, this can slow down the whole class. It also requires a training facility or workstations to be setup, which is added time/expense. Hands-on classes are usually limited to 8-10 students/class, so if you have a large number of people to train, this requires a larger number of classes and can be difficult to arrange and schedule around everyone’s work. It is also consequently more expensive. In some situations, hands-on training might be too difficult to setup, such as for an Outlook class where you would want to be using the company’s own server and email accounts.
A lecture/demonstration class can be given in any classroom, conference room or auditorium to any size group from just a few to up to several hundred. This makes it much easier to arrange for on-site training for companies that do not have their own training facility. This is a very cost-effective training solution. Lecture/demonstrations can also move much more quickly and thus cover a lot more content. They are especially effective for overview sessions and for seminars on advanced topics, and very popular for conference presentations.
For beginners, lecture/demonstrations are a less effective way to learn and retain information than hands-on training. People learn best by getting hands-on experience, particularly for introductory level content. This is less of an issue for more experienced users. You also have to be sure to have a working projection system (if it breaks, the class is over without a backup) as well as a room with an adequate setup, sound system and lighting for screen projection. The quality of a lecture/demonstration can depend a great deal on the facilities and equipment.
Distance learning Vs. Instructor-Led Training
Distance learning training is a truly excellent alternative or supplement to instructor-led training. It solves almost all of the problems faced by classroom training. Students can take a “Pre-Test” to determine what areas they need to study. Students can train anytime, anywhere there is a computer on the Internet, work at their own pace, review as much as they like, and experience a consistently excellent training methodology and comprehensive content over a period of up to a year instead of for only a day or two. Students (and an Administrator) can monitor their progress at all times, and they can test themselves whenever they wish, as often as they want. It is also the most cost-effective training available.
If you would like to consider distance learning as an option, why not check out Skills Academy? You don’t have to attend classes and your study material gets delivered to you.
For students who have a great deal of difficulty doing any kind of independent work, Distance learning may be less effective if it is the only training provided. However, a manager or administrator can track all student activity and they can often provide the needed motivation and personal attention to help less independent students.
Last Updated: February 28, 2020