Alternative Education -- Virtual Classrooms
In today's competitive printing marketplace, frequent hardware and software upgrades are necessary. Printers have seen the impact of these upgrades on their employee productivity, and have realized that continual training is essential to efficient production. Add to this tight production deadlines, and printers are required to find an efficient, effective manner to offer training to their employees.
"Since many online course offerings are available 24/7 through any computer with an Internet connection, and online training is often more affordable than traditional in-house training methods, it has become a popular method of addressing upgrade issues," states Julie Jankowski, vice president of strategic development, Prepress Training Solution.
Software upgrades are occurring every 12 to 18 months, Jankowski says. Therefore, ongoing training is becoming more important. Online training allows production employees to get up to speed quickly, on their own schedule, without affecting production deadlines.
"For example, Prepress Training Solution offers training online 24/7, thereby eliminating the need to schedule training time—users can train whenever they have a few minutes," Jankowski reports. "In addition, the training is delivered in five to 10 minutes, with 'bookmarkable' training modules available for unlimited review—perfect for a production environment."
Almost any informational or educational content can be transmitted by the Internet and offered to printers, Haradon contends. The only exception would be actual hands-on training—for obvious reasons.
"You can explain to someone how to ride a bike a thousand times, but until they actually get on one and start pedaling, you don't really know if you can do it or not," Haradon observes, noting that the same philosophy applies to online training. "If you are looking to train a pressman, I would not suggest you entrust your press to someone who has only listened to a Webinar. But all other information and knowledge can be communicated via the Webinar environment."