[art] Riding The E-Learning Curve
By Heather Clancy CRN
3:00 PM EDT Fri. Aug. 26, 2005
From the August 29, 2005 CRN
A word to the wise for those responsible for certification programs: Give the people what they want. Increasingly, that means adding an online training component.
When it comes to styles of instruction, the CRN Training and Certification Survey showed 30 percent of solution providers prefer the self-paced online training option, which was more than for any other type of training. Another 20 percent gave a nod to a hybrid method: an off-site, instructor-led classroom that includes an online component.
Maxwell Dodge, manager of the FishNet Inside Response Sales Team at FishNet Security, a security VAR in Kansas City, Kan., said many of his product vendors are moving rapidly to embrace Web-based training options, a development he appreciates because of his team’s ability to stay up to date without relying on visits from vendor field sales teams.
“Web-based training has given us the avenue to focus on this without it really costing anything,” Dodge said.
Indeed, cost and convenience emerge as common themes among solution providers who are fans of e-learning. Sometimes training options can make or break the decision to pick up a product, said Bill Abram, president of Pragmatix, an IBM Business Partner in Elmsford, N.Y. (leer más...)