Online Training with Dairy Veterinary Consultancy
Covid-19 has changed the way we work. Most people have been affected by it; sometimes in a bad way, but some good changes too. For example, an opportunity to review how we undertake our CPD and explore ways to reduce unnecessary travel.
Webinars are a good example of how efficient online training can be – providing facts and information at a time and venue to suit the audience. But there are limitations…
The online training that I offer is far more immersive than a webinar, and is centred around small-group training. Small groups of around eight means there is plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions. Every workshop involves practical tasks and problem solving. That’s how adults learn best.
The convenience is obvious – and the home comforts can be as generous as you feel towards yourself. The social aspect of CPD is not to be under-estimated too. It doesn’t only make it more enjoyable, it actually helps learning. People learn from each others’ shared experiences; it doesn’t all have to come from the trainer!
In short, online training workshops can offer the benefits of face-to-face training sessions, with much of the convenience of webinars.
What you will need
- An internet-connected device
- Preferably: headphones with microphone. Nothing fancy required – it isn’t essential, but the advantage of a headphone set is that they reduce background noises or echo compared with using in-built microphone and speakers
- Your own refreshments and lunch!
I much prefer if we can all see each other during the trainings, so I encourage delegates to use their webcam (this will be a built-in one for most people).
Becoming familiar with Zoom and doing a connection test
Whilst it’s not necessary to have Zoom installed on your device, it would make the process of joining the call quicker and easier. If you’d like to know more, here’s a link to the Zoom website https://zoom.us/
I use the Zoom platform because it seems to give the best stability and quality compared to others. Zoom also has lots of neat features, such as breakout rooms. For the vast majority of people, their home or office internet connection will be perfectly OK. If you know your internet speed, at least 1 Mbps is what’s recommended.
If you don’t know what your internet speed is or want to become more familiar with Zoom before booking a course, you are welcome to do a connection test with me at a suitable time ahead of a training session to check how things work out on your computer.
I open the classroom for delegates 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time so you can familiarise yourself beforehand if you wish, and check equipment.
At the start of every training, we’ll spend a moment checking everyone is comfortable, can see, can hear, and know how to mute themselves and turn on and off their video.