Online or traditional training method is best?

7 Mar 2010 - 8:35am
4 years ago
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Jojest
2009

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, .

What you think guys...

Cheers

Joe

 

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7 Mar 2010 - 2:06pm
susandoran
2010

Joe, I'd think if they understand and value traditional professional development, and want to pay for you to travel to some fantastic conferences and pre-conf worshops, take them up on it --- sounds like it'd make them happy, and you'd come way learning a few things in a way you couldn't through online/self-study.

8 Mar 2010 - 7:12pm
Aaron Wester
2010

So long as your online learning process includes structured hands-on approach through tasks/objectives/application exercises, then there is actualized value for the organization sponsoring your attendance. "Practice makes permanent" is a motto that the U.S. Army has relied on for years. Simply reading a book to identify/discover a new concept is one vital aspect - however to augment that discovery/learning with hands-on application practice - there is simply no substitute. If you find yourself in a situation where you are just simply relying on forum post readings to gain new insights, then you are cheating yourself of opportunity to internalize concepts and externalize results through replication which ultimately leads to new research discovery, problem statements and opportunities that nobody else might have thought of yet.

AaronW.

10 Mar 2010 - 10:20pm
johnayala
2010

I learne a lot from LinkedIn groups too.

26 Mar 2010 - 5:41pm
varghese mathai
2009

awesome

From: johnayala <contact@ixda.org>
To: mailmathewvarghese@yahoo.com
Sent: Wed, March 10, 2010 7:25:03 PM
Subject: Re: [IxDA] Online or traditional training method is best?

I learne a lot from LinkedIn groups [1] too.

26 Mar 2010 - 5:20pm
willdonovan
2009

I've learnt more by reading books and sharing knowledge in book clubs and meetups and following recommendations via forums and groups.

I find that any traditional study will cost a lot, take a lot of time and even more study. And will not provide cross industry or left-of-traditional insights due to many narrow focused subjects.

I put forward our own certificates from the College of Our Own Initiatives!

William Donovan - (from his Google android phone)

On 08/03/2010 1:39 AM, "Jojest" <contact@ixda.org> wrote:

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, .

What you think guys...

Cheers

Joe

 

(((Pl

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