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- By Andy Smith
The CIOB Academy has launched its courses as virtual classrooms in order to continue to support professional learning during the pandemic.
Using specialist software designed for online classroom
delivery, each delegate will be given access to an online classroom.
In the classroom, delegates can speak with their trainer
using a microphone, type and answer questions using a messaging facility,
engage in quizzes and polls, and follow an interactive presentation given by
the subject matter expert. Electronic handouts will also be distributed.
In his blog on the launch Adrian Montague (above), associate director of the Academy, says postponing courses was not an option and taking learning online was the best solution.
“Being in lockdown or subject to restrictions on movement is
making us all consider not just how we work. It is also making learning
providers, such as the Academy, look at how they can support professionals
during these difficult times, but also in the future as more and
more people become comfortable with technology and more open to working
and learning remotely.
“For the Academy, this has meant looking at a large
proportion of our portfolio, which was delivered at the hub in central London
using the traditional face‑to‑face training method and examining
whether to postpone classes or look at another solution.
“From my perspective, postponing courses is something that
would not serve to demonstrate the Academy is willing to be innovative and look
at all solutions available. I believe that during this crisis, there should
still be the opportunity to attend training and develop your skills.
“I know a number of people may be sceptical of the benefits
of online classrooms and whether you can truly recreate the classroom online.
However, I am positive online classrooms are an effective, fun, interactive and
practical way to absorb content and develop new skills.”