Live online training – does it actually deliver?

Low-cost Internet technology and a live video connection with a trainer have been used in the ‘live online’ training format for a number of years. Despite offering huge benefits in reduced cost and time away from the office, many still ask if live online training actually delivers.

The hybrid learning model that combines the advantages of classroom training with e-learning is acknowledged as effective and efficient by organisations throughout the world. Also referred to as ‘blended’ learning, live online training is readily available to support the use of IT products and services from major brands such as Microsoft, CISCO, VMWare, Adobe, Citrix and CompTIA.

The 2012 eLearning Barometer survey confirmed that for 76% of companies in Europe, the most popular delivery method for e-learning is blended learning, and that 47% already using this approach were planning to intensify its usage. This trend is also followed in the US, with the Towards Maturity Live Benchmark Trends reporting that 84% of companies currently use some form of live online learning (e.g. webinars, Google Hangouts, online courses).

Many of you will know that one of our flagship products is the ISO 27001 Certified ISMS Lead Implementer (CIS LI) classroom training course. In addition to running this classroom session every month in the UK, we have also been piloting the delivery of the same course as a live online version for the last 12 months. The feedback from delegates has been very positive, with the key benefits clearly identified:

  • Available from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.
  • Save the time of unnecessary travel or periods away from work.
  • Reduced cost with no travel or accommodation required.
  • Interactive instruction delivered by an expert trainer.
  • Immediate access to online exams.

The success of our ISO 27001 Certified ISMS Lead Implementer Online course has prompted the development of a new range of Live Online courses. This includes the launch of the one-day ISO 27001 Certified ISMS Foundation Online course, which, together with the Lead Implementer course, provides a unique ISO 27001 learning pathway available to delegates anywhere in the world.