By Ryan Pietzsch, Director of Training Programs
VFIS recently conducted 15 Emergency Vehicle Driver Training update courses via webinar. The feedback has been outstanding. We would like to share with you why we have found webinars to be the delivery method of choice for some of our programs.
The ability to include learners who could not previously attend in-person is the single greatest impact of webinars on VFIS training offerings.
Admittedly, we were a bit leery of a webinar’s technical performance and potential for technical glitches to interfere with student learning. However, we have experienced very few technical problems. Participants were excited about the ease of access to the program and it appears that we may actually have experienced superior learning to some in-classroom deliveries.
As mentioned, the greatest benefit to the student is the convenience provided by a webinar. There is no requirement Webinars to drive to one specific location at one specific time. If the webinar is at an inconvenient time, there is likely another one scheduled that you may be available for.
Webinars can be recorded and played back at a later date. However, we find live webinar sessions provide superior learning environments over recorded courses. Live sessions allow the participant to interact with a live instructor or proctor. This adds to the learning experience fulfilling a need unattainable by recorded courses. It has been our experience that students are more likely to ask questions in live online courses than they are to ask in an actual classroom. Online learning provides the student with privacy that no other learning environment can provide, increasing student participation and interaction (enabled by the software using chat rooms, hand raising and public questions), and creating a group learning environment which allows students to benefit from the questions asked by others.
While for some topics there is no substitute for classroom learning, the end user will best receive many VFIS provided programs through the use of online learning at vfisu.com and the use of webinars.
VFIS is proud to provide our clients with the highest quality products. Webinar program delivery is just another example of the superior service and desire to meet your needs. Watch for future program delivery via webinar at vfis.com.