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Pros and Cons of Training Modes

June 15, 2001
Consult the following tables for the pros and cons of the varioustraining modes:

Instructor-LedClassroom Training
Pros
  • High quality delivery
  • Immediate Q & A
  • Leverage student questions
Cons
  • Costly student/trainer expense
  • Costly one-to-few training
  • Training often too soon/too late
  • Trainer must be knowledgeable of multiple applications
Best for:
  • Multiple students of similar skill level
  • Training in single location
  • Observable performance
  • Interpersonal skills/feedback
  • Highly interactive knowledgesharing
Worst for:
  • Students of widely-varyingskill levels
  • Training for largesystem/process rollout
  • Consistency across learnergroups
 
AsynchronousWeb-Based Internet/Intranet Training
Pros
  • Just-in-time training
  • No travel costs
  • Self-paced learning
  • Remedial training at no cost
  • Consistency
  • Possible increased retention
  • Easily distributed/updatedtraining materials
Cons
  • Self-directed motivation canbe problematic
  • Lack of classroomcollaboration
  • May be viewed as "done onyour own time"
Best for:
  • Basic training
  • Students in multiple locations
  • As part of instructor-ledtraining course
Worst for:
  • Observable interpersonalskills/feedback
  • Real-time knowledge sharing
 
Synchronous(real-time) Web-Based Internet/Intranet Training
Pros
  • High quality delivery
  • Immediate Q & A
  • Leverage student questions
  • Rapid, low-cost content
Cons
  • Cost-per-student higher thanasynchronous training
  • Network connection needed
Best for:
  • Basic training
  • Students in multiple locations
  • Highly interactive knowledge sharing
  • Hands-on application training
Worst for:
  • Students of widely-varyingskill levels
  • Observable interpersonalskills/feedback

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