This is an very interesting short video of 7 minutes, and it was worthy of the time spent. I actually listened to the it multiple times as it was interesting, relevant, insightful, and sensible.
This is not to say that I agreed with everything. For example, the presenter discussed large scale studies show that the various modes of instruction has “no significant difference”. While this may be true, it is more likely contributed by the “law of large numbers”. In other words, there are likely to be major differences between sub-groups of learners, but collectively, then cancel each other out and produce “no significant differences”. But still, if the goal is massive learning (versus highly tailored instructions for a particular group), then mode of delivery and technology involved are non-factors may indeed be true.
More importantly for me is that I agree with most of his strong points. Technology can deliver content more efficiently, but the effectiveness of learning depends less on technology than what happens to the learner’s mind. Teachers are less about transmitting content then about motivating students, guiding them in the learning process, answering their questions, and challenging them to achieve more. His point about learning as a social interaction process between student and teacher process is spot on – especially as we march boldly into hybrid and online learning. “What really matters is what happens inside the learner’s head. And making a learner think is best achieved by in a social environment with other learners and a caring teacher.”
Most training firms today, including PMO Advisory, offer training in multiple delivery formats: online & on demand, virtual ILT (instructor-led training), traditional ILT, individual mentoring, and onsite. Aside from online & on demand, our firm trainers are NOT ONLY certified working professional with real-world and hands-on knowledge but they are also teachers and professors who are nurturing, guiding, motivating, and caring. Let’s face the reality, content is cheap and in some cases free. The real value of professional quality training from PMO Advisory is much more than the content, it’s also the learning process, the guidance to help with exam preparation, the caring attention to application review, and the attention given to answer questions. This is our biggest value proposition – to make sure you are success.
– Te Wu