In your profession, is self learning using online forumns and discussion groups and ebooks or attending traditional way of training helped more?
I used to read lots of books and actively using discussion forumns like IxDA, LinkedIn Groups and blogs of experts than attending traditional way of training. My last company I worked thinks that since I was not attended any training in their period, even though I was gaining good knowledge using web, that I am far behind in gaining new knowledge.
Even I tried to establish that I am well on the right track in understanding the current trends and using that in my works, my argument falls on deaf ears since they are strong believers of traditional training methods (for the contrary I worked in education sector).
I believe even though the online self training will not provide you any proof that you have gained new knowledge like providing a certificates for training attended, internet provides lots of opportunity to gain good knowledge. You should be more focused since chances are high to get distracted and gives a feeling that one resources are better than other due to the availability of vast amount of resources in net, .