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evaluation that can be offered through look over their student’s virtual shoulder. months, undertake a fi nal written exam
traditional training courses. “Our students have really liked having to receive their certifi cation.
structure to their distance education Despite the absence of close student/
making it work – they’ve enjoyed having much more teacher interaction in an online
So what are the essential factors for interaction than they would have done environment, Laura Baker, training and
effective e-learning and how can the otherwise from a traditional distance education manager at Fitpro, remains
challenges be overcome? learning perspective.” hopeful of achieving a classroom
Lack of interaction, both with the tutor Having said this, Tebbenham maintains camaraderie when there are a few people
and other students, is one of the major that: “Always your fi rst and best way studying together on the Certifi cate in
drawbacks of e-learning; it’s incredibly of training – as a fi tness instructor or Health and Fitness programme.
diffi cult to replicate the tutor-learner personal trainer – is to use a residential,
relationship online. In an effort to full-time, intensive study programme. But monitoring progress
overcome this challenge, the European with such advances in technology, the The quality of student evaluation and
Institute of Fitness (EIFitness) has recently Virtual Classroom comes a close second.” assessment following an online study
launched the Virtual Classroom. Utilising According to Fitpro, in order for online course has often been criticised. Yet
the latest technology to bring live and training to be effective, the training should many argue that these criticisms are
interactive education to the user via the be vocationally-based and task-focused. unfounded. “The assessment should be
internet, essentially this is a classroom In addition, the trainers must be credible the same no matter how the learning has
in space that anybody from around and well-respected. So it comes as no taken place,” states Marnoch. “The
the world can access. A link is sent to surprise that their Certifi cate in Health knowledge and skills of an individual
the student, who can then log in at a and Fitness Management, a 13-week should still meet the assessment criteria,
designated time and hear a live presenter. modular programme delivered entirely and if they do, then the individual has
Full powerpoint displays, live video online via PTontheNET, is presented demonstrated the same competence as
conferencing, an interactive whiteboard, by three of the most respected names someone who has been through a more
recorded video demonstrations, breakout in the industry: Robert Cappuccio, Bob traditional type of learning.”
rooms and chat pods all promote Esquerre and Nic Jarvis. Moreover, many online learning
interaction and allow the student to fully Following the successful completion of programmes enable organisations
engage in the learning process. an online assessment, participants receive to automatically monitor and track
“The content is probably best suited three further updates and, after 12 their employees’ progress. “Learning
to theoretical material,” cautions
Darren Tebbenham, director at EIFitness.
“However, with the advent of real time
“ONLINE TRAINING IS ONLY SUCCESSFUL
video streaming and live interaction with
students, skills such as programme writing
IF INDIVIDUALS ARE MOTIVATED AND
and technique instruction can be taught
really well, as the tutor can essentially
CONSIDER TRAINING A BENEFIT”
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