Last week, I analyzed that easy access to experts and quality courses is made possible by online training.
You can easily get coached by people far away from you. Learning is no longer limited by time and distance.
People from other part of the world can teach you right from the comfort of their homes and you will learn at your own comfort, as well.
I also explained that access to quality courses and expert is highly limited in physical training.
Today, I will open your eyes to another dominant reason why experts are abandoning physical training and moving online.
The reason bothers on *the number of students to be accommodated in the training.*
In online training, the number of students you can accommodate is limitless. You can effectively teach thousands of students in an online setting.
The reason being that you're not using a physical structure for the training. Students are learning at their own comfort from their homes or offices.
Online training also removes the expenses of buying equipment like PCs, furniture, etc.
Students are required to take care of their own laptops and all.
All these advantages of online training have, to a good extent, encouraged experts to abandon physical training and migrate online enmass.
In as much as online training has overwhelming advantage for the trainers, it also has its attendant challenges.
The challenges include;
(1) Creating enough time to mentor teeming students.
Considering the fact that the number of students that can be accommodated in online training is limitless, some online trainers that have thousands of students are finding it difficult to mentor all of them effectively.
As my students are growing gradually, I'm already gradually quitting or handing over most of my regular jobs to my subordinates to focus more on training.
I'm also making plans to employ some of my smart students when they graduate. This will go a long way to cushion the effect of mentoring overwhelming number of students.
(2) Another challenge being faced by online trainers is creating high quality tutorials and constantly updating them.
For online training to be very effective, the tutorial materials (videos, eBooks, animation, etc) should be easy to understand.
If you're not born or trained to be a teacher, you might struggle with making tutorials that will be beginner-friendly.
My new students who have no programming background easily understand my lectures because I try my best to make them very easy to understand.
Secondly, online tutorial materials are meant to be updated from time to time.
Some online trainers don't update their courses at all. As a result, they end up marketing outdated courses.
Each time I discover that any of my courses is out of date, I stop marketing it and take my time to update it before continuing marketing.
The stress of updating the course from time to time can be overwhelming. However, the benefit therein is huge.
In a physical setting, the number of students to be accommodate is determined by the size of the physical structure.
If you have just a shop, you can only accommodate about eight students or less.
If you have a hall, you can accommodate about 50 to 100 students. In all, the number of students is limited.
It's almost impossible to accommodate thousands of students in a physical setting.
So, if you critically analyse all these, it will clearly sound more logical to embrace online training.
I had a brief conversation with a prospective student. He saw my WhatsApp status post and chatted me indicating interest in my web design and development course.
However, he insisted that he cannot cope with online training citing some obvious reasons.
Let's analyse his reasons one after the other;
1. He said that in online training, the trainer is not physically present:
He wants a situation whereby his trainer will be before him and attend to him instantly when he encounters challenges.
He's right, very right but there is a problem with that.
Many experienced experts might not have that time to be lecturing few students in a physical setting when they have better opportunity of lecturing much more students in online setting.
To someone who understand economics, it's like a huge waste of time and money to be lecturing few people in a classroom when there is a better opportunity to lecture thousands of people online and make more money.
So, if you insist that your trainer must be physically present, you're obviously running the risk of ending up in the hands of armatures.
Only beginners and very few experts will still devote months and years teaching few people in a physical setting.
Another huge challenge is the availability of a good academy in your vicinity.
Programming courses are not something you can have access to in any computer training center. It is special.
So, for you to have access to a very good training center, you might need to travel to another location.
That means, if you don't have the resources and freedom to relocate, the opportunity to acquire the skill is denied.
Another challenge is that learning a course like programming in a physical training center is, many times, costlier than online training.
The tuition alone is far costlier. When you add the cost of transportation for six months or one year, you will shout.
2. He also explained that he needs motivation to learn.
According to him, if he pays for online training, he might end up abandoning it but in a physical training, the presence of other people learning with him will be a helpful motivation.
He's also very right on this one. There is another problem, however.
If you always expect to get motivated by people, a lot will be difficult for you. I think he needs training on self-motivation.
Lack of self-motivation greatly hampers productivity.
As time passes by, a lot of things will surely go online and lots of people will surely work remotely.
If you lack self-motivation, ten years from now, you might not cope because most of the things we do physically will be completely virtual.
My advice to him and to anyone who need other people to motivate them is;
Instead of shunning online training completely, why not consider paying for extra-ordinary coaching.
You can pay your online mentor to set targets for you and force you to accomplish it.
The opportunity to acquire that cherished skill might be denied eventually if you continue to wait for an opportunity to be trained physically.
Learn to embrace the trend and accomplish your goals.