In today’s working environment, we have access to more ways to train and develop people than ever before. Unlimited learning opportunities are available to us in the form of E-learning, mobile learning, social media and virtual training. So why bother with the traditional classroom style training sessions delivered by training companies? Aren’t public training courses just a time consuming, antiquated and costly method of training? We don’t believe so.
We believe that every method of learning has its own merits and used for the right thing with the right people at the right time, any type of learning intervention is likely to produce results. However, in our ever increasing virtual world there seems to be a need for real interaction. Classroom sessions provide this in the form of a real person who can deliver information in an interesting way. A trainer is also a subject expert who can answer concerns and questions right away and, as a specialist, can share the benefit of their years of experience.
The need for this human interaction is only set to increase with more people spending so much time isolated by working on their computers with little people contact. People not only generally learn better from other people, but they retain this information for longer. Just think about the last time you read a fascinating article, blog etc about a subject that really interested you. Can you remember three key learning points from the article? Whether you are able to or not, the point is this, people retain information much better when they have an emotional reaction to it. That’s why great trainer’s are so highly valued because they are skilled at delivering information in a way that excites, inspires, motivates and engages their audiences.
Still not convinced about the value of classroom training? Take a look at our top ten reasons why classroom learning works:-
1) Subject matter experts are on hand to give on the spot practical help and answer questions
2) Opportunities to tackle subjects and questions outside the standard remit of the course
3) Immediate help and support with correcting mistakes and getting it right
4) Networking with other learners, sharing experiences and social interaction
5) Real, practical and hands on use of the tools and techniques
6) Expert trainers who make the learning experience engaging, interesting and enjoyable
7) Learning can be instantly adapted to suit the needs of the delegates
8) Quiet, dedicated time out of the office to really focus on your needs
9) Multi sensory experience that appeals to more of your multiple intelligences
10) Valuable feedback from the trainer and others in the group
As the reasons above indicate, classroom sessions are still an important element of any effective development programme. They enhance learning by the inclusion of the human interaction that is inherent in all classroom based training courses. Combined with the many other training methods available today, they make a huge contribution to the improvement of people’s performance and productivity.