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Virtual Training is the New Norm
For years companies have been providing training in classrooms.  The traditional classroom environment is the way in which we all grew up learning - with a teacher in a classroom filled with students. Companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to maintain and update training facilities with the latest hardware and software requirements.  Not to mention the furniture and facility that needs to be maintained, and what about the costs for traveling to these locations?  Spending time and money to travel and be away from our families is looked at very closely these days.  Thankfully technology has enabled us to provide a solution that some people say is even better than our traditional ways of learning.

According to the Sloan Consortium, a leading professional online learning society,“A majority of academic leaders believe that online instruction is equal to or superior to face-to-face instruction."  While certainly the instructor does make a difference in how the class is evaluated, we have seen a huge increase in the acceptance of the online training delivery method.  Customers now expect to have online training options available to them.  Whether you want to watch a recorded training session or attend a live instructor-led virtual training course, these options don’t require travel for the end user, and cost organizations much less to produce and deliver.
 
 
At Epicor, we have been able to bring the best of both worlds to our customers through our virtual training program. Students enroll in a scheduled online class via our Learning Management System (LMS), and participate in hands-on exercises with a live instructor all from the comfort of their home or office.  The only requirements include a phone line and an internet connection – things that most people have readily available.  The virtual classroom has all the bells and whistles you would expect in a physical classroom:  a virtual whiteboard, communication with other students and the instructor through a chat window, and polling systems that allow you to assess the learning that is taking place. What if you can’t find a course that fits your schedule?  Enroll in an online recorded session and watch it at your leisure.   No matter where you live or what business you are in, you can find an education option that works for your budget and learning style.
 
If you are one of the few who have yet to try online learning, give it a chance.  All it takes is one great virtual training experience to make you a believer too!
 
Posted by Amy Melton, Director, Epicor University

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