When the Coronavirus pandemic hit the UK in March 2021, all classroom training suddenly halted. As a result, a surge of Online Learning emerged in its place.
With courses traditionally run in a classroom environment now available online, we’re giving you a rundown of what online learning is, how it works and why you should give it a try…
What is Online Learning?… The training industry uses the phrase online training, virtual learning or remote learning to deliver in a live online environment. Typically, we deliver these courses via video conferencing software such as Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams. A trainer will deliver live throughout the course, which delivers the content similar to how they would in a classroom. All delegates are also live on video. They can interact, participate in discussions, quizzes or activities the same as they would in a classroom.
How does Online Learning work?
At 3B Training, we use Zoom to deliver our online training. To attend an online learning course, delegates need a computer or laptop with access to the internet, a webcam and a microphone.
We email the delegates a link to access the course along with their joining instructions. Then the delegates click the link provided to log in before the course starts. The tutor, using the webcam facility, then asks the delegates to show proof of ID. The tutor also provides course materials, such as books, PDF, or a download dependant on the course.
How are exams completed on online learning courses?
Just because the course is done online doesn’t mean you get out of taking the exam – sorry! Delegates complete the exams online for online training courses, using an editable form that delegates type in to and email to the trainer or using an online form that delegates complete and submits. The trainer still invigilates exams using the webcam facility.
Are the courses still accredited as they would be in a classroom?
(Note: awarding bodies and 3B Training have closed their offices and are currently experiencing delays processing certificates.)
Are the courses popular?
Very! We’ve appreciated how our customers, trainers and delegates have embraced this way of learning, and the feedback we’re getting from our online courses has been fantastic.
Here’s a few examples of the good feedback our online training courses are getting:
“Easy to do and not as complicated as I would have thought, enjoyed the course, was well planned out.”
“It was a first-class & enlightening course. The delivery was excellent and set at a good pace. I defiantly made more notes and digested the information more than I would have in a classroom.”
“Amazing support and training provided, highly recommended.”
“Excellent way of doing the training, definitely the way forward, 3B and the tutor were very helpful in guiding me through, as it was the first time I’ve done remote learning and would do this way next time and use 3B.”
Who should do Online Learning?
With no requirement to attend a classroom, anyone can participate in virtual training as long as they meet the course-specific prerequisites and have access to a device with internet, webcam and microphone. In addition, location and travel are no longer barriers to attending courses, and expenses such as travel, food and hotels are removed for employers.
Whether you’re currently working from home, in the office or out on-site, online learning is a great flexible and safe solution to allow you to keep learning during the Coronavirus pandemic.
What courses can I attend via Online Learning?
Delegates can attend all CITB courses online via Online Learning, including CITB Health & Safety Awareness, SMSTS Refresher, SMSTS, SSSTS, SSSTS Refresher, SEATS, Temporary Works Coordinator and Temporary Works Supervisor.
We are also able to deliver the Face Fit Testing Workshop virtually under special circumstances. For this course, the delegate must have a kit present and an individual to demonstrate the test.
Other online courses such as EUSR SHEA Gas Training, IOSH Managing Safely® and NEBOSH General Certificate Blended Learning are available as Online Learning courses. We are also able to arrange bespoke virtual courses; contact the team to arrange.