As a leading SOLIDWORKS training provider, we are always reflecting on how we can make our online training great. For our online training to be great we know that it has to stick.
What makes online learning stick? Is it the subject, the methodology, the teacher or the student? I’d say it’s all of the above. Each of these elements need to come together in harmony for a lasting online learning experience.
Having a Vested Interest is Key
First, ask yourself if you have an interest in the subject. Whether it’s something you are required to learn for your job or it is of personal interest to you, learning something where you have a vested interest is key. My husband plays hockey. Being a good Minnesotan, he’s played since he was a child. I’m not originally from Minnesota, so I’ve had to learn about the game if I want to keep up with conversations. That doesn’t mean you’ll find me signing up for one of those crazy expensive fantasy goalie camps anytime soon. Understanding the level of learning you need is equally important to be sure your learning sticks.
We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know
When we start to learn a new subject, we may find ourselves needing to pedal backward a bit to learn the basics before we go too deep and start to get stuck.
I know a man, we’ll call him John, that remodeled his bathroom but didn’t have all the right tools or know-how. John’s interest was in a quick remodel, not necessarily in doing it right. He ended up with misaligned and bulging tiles. It wasn’t until nearly the end of John’s project that he learned that he needed to use tile spacers. I can only imagine what else he didn’t understand correctly before starting his project. Some time invested upfront learning the basics or reviewing what he thought he already knew with an expert in the field would have saved him a lot of time and rework.
Unfortunately, we don’t know what we don’t know. Take some time to research and ask our experts about what you are trying to accomplish. We’ll help you determine what bases you need to cover so best practices are in place, reducing the need for rework or inadvertently creating downstream issues.
The Element of Human Interaction is Critical
The methodology of your learning is also important. With so many options available now, it may be hard to know which one is right for you. I think we’ve all watched various types of do-it-yourself videos. As helpful as these can sometimes be, I’ve often found that details are sometimes left out, leaving me with a lot of questions and no one to ask. I’m left on my own to determine if I completed the task correctly. I always do better with feedback, knowing what I should continue doing and what improvements can be made. D-I-Y videos have a place and can certainly be helpful but are usually best for short-term quick projects or to learn a few quick tips.
What about online classes? At Hawk Ridge Systems, we offer all of our classes in our online classroom. From SOLIDWORKS courses to Simulation courses, to Product Data Management courses for both administrators and users, to Electrical and PCB courses, to CAM and CAMWorks courses – all are taught online. Each of our online courses are taught live by an instructor, which means you can ask questions and get feedback as you work through the lessons and assigned labs.
We won’t let you flail about during your online learning experience. Our training team will get you set up with a current license of SOLIDWORKS during your classes if you need one. Additionally, all of our instructor-led courses include a printed manual for our students to reference during and after their classes. There’s something about having pages to highlight, dog-ear and flag while you learn. It brings back that college rush.
In this era we live in where we can connect virtually to nearly everything, the element of human interaction is critical for sticky learning. I appreciate knowing there is a person on the other side of this vast web that’s an expert in their field and cares about my learning. That’s right, our instructors care about what they are teaching.
Learning From a Passionate Instructor Makes a Difference
Not only are our instructors specialized in the areas they teach, but we also spend a lot of time preparing them to teach you. Our engineering team is invested in continuous improvement to boost our instructor’s teaching skills along with their technical expertise. Even over the ether you can feel the difference in learning from an instructor that is excited to elevate their students.
We’ve got quite the concert of elements so far. A subject we want to learn, SOLIDWORKS, a proven online methodology, and expert instructors that care and are engaging. Now it’s your turn. What do our students need to do to make their online SOLIDWORKS training stick?
If You Feel Stuck, Speak Up
First, take some time to eliminate any distractions and set aside dedicated space and time so that you can focus on learning. Our online classes are delivered in four-hour sessions allowing for interactive learning time and time for you to practice what you’ve learned either during lab time or on your own projects. The final piece for online training stickiness is your participation. Engage with the instructor, interact with your fellow students, ask questions and offer feedback. If you ever feel like you might get stuck, speak up.
Once you register for your classes and as the day of training approaches, watch for emails from our training team. We’ll get you all set up for your first day of online training and walk you through any of your questions.
It’s rewarding to watch your learning stick when these critical elements of a great online class come together.
If you want to explore training courses or if you have any questions on how you can get more involved, contact us at Hawk Ridge Systems today and we will be happy to point you in the right direction. Thanks for reading!