The Ultimate Guide to Online Training: What are your options?

The Ultimate Guide to Online Training: What are Your Options?

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The Ultimate Guide to Online Training: What are Your Options?

There are many different kinds of online training you could do, so how do you know which one’s right for you? Today, we’re going to compare online training and look at what makes each one different. Every teacher and district will have different needs, so it’s good to know what’s available to you.  

In-House Training 

Pros:

In some districts, your Educational Service Center will create online training. 

One of the biggest benefits of in-house training is that it’s incredibly specific. You can make it more tailored to the needs of your teachers, which is not always something you get from mass-made training for more general audiences.  

Another benefit is that it’s relatively inexpensive because you’re creating the content yourself. This can be a lifesaver for districts on a tight budget.  

Cons: 

In-house training may not be as good a quality as professional training led by presenters who do it on a bigger scale. It’s not always TEA approved or recognised if you leave the district. Certification of this training might be in question if you move to another district or state or if new leadership decides it wasn’t certified correctly. LMS tracking can be complicated or ineffective. 

You also need to be very internally motivated to take online courses because there’s not a professor assigning you work and keeping you accountable, 

Online college courses

Pros: 

Online courses from a university are always going to be recognised as a legitimate training, which brings peace of mind. 

These courses can also be counted toward a degree, if that’s your goal. The focused classroom experience can be helpful for those who need more structure, and having interaction with a professor and other students can help you better apply the information.  

Cons: 

The cost of taking an online college course is probably the biggest drawback, as these classes can potentially set you back hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. College courses won’t be created to address your specific classroom needs, but they will be more generalized. You also have to work within the traditional school year, which makes it hard to schedule classes around work. 

Accessibility can be an issue if there’s not a college in your area that offers the courses you want or need. You’ll always be dependent on what the college offers. 

Online Professional Development (Responsive Learning/Eduhero/ect.)

Pros: 

Online courses from professional development (PD) organizations are very flexible.You can take a course whenever you want and pause to take notes or take a break.  

Since the content has already been vetted, you can be confident that it meets the standards you need to fulfill requirements. The training will be accurate and up-to-date, even as legislation changes. All training is TEA certified, and the state of Texas will recognise it no matter what district you move to.  

The content library is constantly expanding, so you’ll always have something new to take. The presenters are at the top of their fields, leading the way with innovation. 

The cost of online PD is a lot less expensive than a college course, and the customer service you receive will help you figure out what courses are best for you. 

Cons: 

Online professional development training is usually more expensive than in-house training. It  may not be as specific to the needs of your school. Courses you take wouldn’t go towards a professional degree, and there’s less personalised interaction.

You also need to be a lot more internally motivated to take online courses since you’ll be the one initiating them. 

No matter what training you choose, Responsive Learning is here to help.

Contact us today to learn more about the different options available. Even if Responsive Learning isn’t the right answer for you, we’re here to help you find the online training that best fits your needs. 

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