The Compelling Case for On-Demand Training

do-the-math_444x250THE COMPELLING CASE FOR MOC ON-DEMAND TRAINING

Have you ever attended an in-depth technical training course either sitting in a classroom or at home using GoToMeeting or some other conferencing software?

A 5-day course will typically set you back about $3,000, although taking that 5-day course with SQLSoft3 will typically run you less than $2,000. But that isn’t what I want you to consider.

Consider this. What if you were able to attend that very same course but the lecture portion was pre-recorded, professionally produced by Microsoft, and delivered by industry recognized professionals. Everything else was the same — but the cost was not $3,000 it was less than $700 – that’s more than a 75% cost reduction. That is a compelling case to evaluate MOC On-Demand.

When I do the math I’ve reduced my training spend by about $2,300 per student and have some budget left to engage a Certified mentor/consultant to address issues specific to your environment or project.

If you would like to learn more, please feel to contact me at (206) 495-9980 or you can access a module from a MOC On-Demand course including 30 minutes of lab time here.

I’ve been both a technical instructor and a student and below are some thoughts on some of the effective training options available today.  It’s hard not to consider MOC On-Demand which is about 75% less costly than a traditional instructor-led class and has some additional unique benefits.

MOC ON-DEMAND TRAINING

A MOC On-Demand class is an excellent way to learn. This format covers the very same content as a live instructor-led course but the lecture portion is pre-recorded, produced by Microsoft, and delivered by industry recognized professionals. Everything else about the course is the same except the cost is about 75% less than a live class. In addition to the significant cost savings there are other unique benefits to this training approach.

From a student’s perspective, the ability to go at your own pace is a huge benefit. You can start, stop, skip, or review the course on your schedule. You can take as much time as you need to complete the hands-on labs without worrying about the fact that the next lecture is starting up and you haven’t finished your lab as might occur in a live Instructor-Led class. You also have knowledge checks throughout the course than you can check your comprehension and go back and review if necessary.

If you are a training manager, MOC On-Demand training offers some very tangible benefits for you too. Beginning January 2017, you can track the progress of students through a MOC On-Demand course including time they’ve spent in each Module and percentage completion of Review Questions, Module Assessments, and overall progress. Students will also need to earn a 70%+ of the available points in a MOC On-Demand course before they are able to print out a Certificate of Completion.

The significant cost savings associated with MOC On-Demand frees up significant budget to work with a mentor on a 1:1 basis or your team. I have attended courses in all three of these scenarios and have found there is a very compelling case for MOC On-Demand.

You can see a list of the available MOC On-Demand courses titles here.

If you are interested in experiencing a MOC On-Demand course, please contact me and I will set you up with access to a module from a MOC On-Demand course including 30 minutes of lab time.

PRIVATE LIVE INSTRUCTOR-LED TRAINING

A private instructor-led class is a great way to learn especially when all the participants are from the same company. These classes are generally held in support of a project and areas of the course content can be emphasized or de-emphasized based on your requirements. These are fun classes to teach and students tend to be more engaged and the class discussions are typically lively as they apply directly to their job. Also, students are often more comfortable asking questions as they are among friends/co-workers.

The learning experience is real-time and it’s easy to reach out to a co-worker during and after class to review course topics. Even in a private class there are different backgrounds, skill levels, and learning styles so there can be times when the pace seems too fast or slow for any given student. The instructor has to “teach to the middle” and works to keep the class moving to get through all the material and at the same time not leave anyone behind. It’s not uncommon for an instructor to solicit help from students in class to assist any struggling co-workers with their labs.

Students can also participate in this training from remote locations using conference software such as GoToMeeting or Skype for Business.

PUBLIC or OPEN ENROLLMENT LIVE INSTRUCTOR-LED TRAINING

Attending an instructor-led class is also a good way to learn. The learning experience is real-time and you are participating with a group of your peers. Students may have different backgrounds, skill levels, and learning styles so there can be times when the pace can seem too fast or slow for any given student. The instructor will “teach to the middle” and works to keep the class moving to get through all the material and at the same time not leave anyone behind. Also, some students find asking questions in a “public” class intimidating and can fall behind.

During class, the instructor can be somewhat limited in terms of how fully he/she can address questions specific to a student’s environment during class hours as it may not be relevant to the other students. In cases like this, an instructor will typically try to address these questions before or after class. However, with a large class and a lot of environment specific questions a student may not get as much time with the instructor as they’d like.

Students can also participate in this training from remote locations using conference software such as GoToMeeting or Skype for Business.