The onset of the pandemic has revealed the true power of online training. Virtual training has existed for more than 20 years, but this year it created a deafening buzz around it. According to research, the online training industry is expected to pocket $200 billion from Corporate training alone.
Online training has empowered trainers with flexibility to train and impart their knowledge regardless of any geographical boundary. It has also given an ancillary boost to the trainers to network and market their courses worldwide.
Online training is a configuration that entirely transpires on the internet. It involves live sessions, audio/video connection, online assignments, tests and multimedia including graphics and presentations. According to research, 50% of students in various higher education institutions have taken an online course in the past year.
The online training industry has shaken up the traditional training method and evolution of disruptive technology has revolutionized training methods with each passing year.
Since then, many hoaxes and myths have sprung up about online training.
Here we are debunking 5 pivotal myths about online training and provide you with a well researched clarity on its efficiency and effectiveness.
Myth-1: Online training is not as effective as in-class training:
Trainers and learners are skeptical about the concept of online training and believe that traditional training methods are constructive and successful. Online training sessions demand the same time and attention as their traditional counterparts. Online sessions have analytical tools that give insights about learner’s engagement, learner’s area of interest and helps trainers to analyze the root problems in their course. According to research, e-learning enables students to learn five times more material for every hour of training.
Myth-2: Online training is non-interactive
This myth is popular and identifies that learners find online sessions isolated and non-interactive. The online training method seeks to connect trainers and learners professionally. Learners are part of an online training community and can interact with trainers personally to clear doubts related to the course, through email or phone calls. According to a survey, 85 % said that online learning is as good as or better than attending courses on campus. Online trainers plan interactive live sessions, webinars, and discussion with learners. Trainers also provide special video chat sessions to learners who need personal guidance. The ‘Online Education India 2021’ research states that Hybrid channels have ‘improved engagement levels’ via their part-time courses like MBA, PGDM, and technology courses.
Myth-3: Learners should be good with computer
This myth varies from person to person, by the term ‘good with computer’ indicates a person who is a coder or well-versed with computer concepts but here we are talking about people who have never used a computer. Enrolling for an online course and attending online training sessions is not rocket science. Online platforms have tirelessly worked to create user-friendly courses, seamless sessions without technical glitches and provide training facilities across the globe.
Myth-4: Online training sessions are recorded videos
People still think that training sessions are about few recorded videos but in reality, it includes live sessions, discussion forums, and interactive activities like online assignments, quizzes, and written coursework. Recorded videos are only one part of an online training session. Trainers conduct daily live sessions and interact with learners about the given course. Learners also enjoy the privilege to interrupt trainers and get their doubts clarified immediately.
Myth-5: It’s easier to cheat in an online course
It is an alarming myth associated with online training. Learners consider that cheating during online tests is easy and one can score good credits required for certification. With advancement of technology, it is easy to track online learners and find multiple ways like blocking functions, keystroke tracking, and many other apps to solve this issue. Online training courses have better cheat-proof functions than traditional classrooms.
The Research Institute of America found that e-learning increases retention rates by 25% to 60% while retention rates of face-to-face training are very low in comparison from 8% to 10%. Online training is still in the developing process and there is always a space for advancement, innovation, and creativity. We hope that this blog has helped you to break your assumptions and assured you to start training online right away!