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Video Conference Facilities in Training


My colleagues and I are considering using video conference facilites in order to deliver training.   We're not convinced that it is an effectvie method of delivering training, however we're willing to try it as a cost-saving measure.  We'd like to know the following:

Can training be effectively delivered via video conference?

What are the pros and cons?

Are some topics more suited to the medium than others?  If so, what kinds of topics?

For information, my colleagues and I are responsible for delivering training in the law/legislation.

2 Responses

  1. yes and no

    Dear Diane

    I've been using live online learning for some years and the answer is that it is VERY effective for many topics BUT it isn't just a matter of taking your existing course material and using it online.

    It requires your trainers to use different skills and your learners to have specific (but not uncommon or expensive) facilities. ("Facilities" in this instance includes the management culture).

    Many large companies make great use of this type of training not just for cost saving but also for general efficiency when a topic is short and sweet and doesn't justify a face to face event.

    There is an excellent book on the topic (not written by me but I reviewed it for TZ book group some time ago)

    If you'd like to chat about specific questions please give me a ring or PM me….before you shell out for a delivery studio!

    Rus Slater

  2. The devil is in the detail …


    I agree with Rus, so long as you understand the contribution that the media and delivery of your courses make to its success.

    We sourced a great, relatively unknown, product from the US having done a fair amount of due diligence on others where we found that their functionality didn't support the way in which we delivered various pieces of knowledge and skills to our audiences.

    Take your time and test, test test!


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