Why In-Person Office 365 Training Is Not Enough

By: Michael Stein | June 15, 2017

When it comes to highly technical topics, in-person training may not be sufficient.

Everyone would agree that providing technical and platform training for your team is an important part of success with those platforms. The problem lies in how to go about receiving these training materials in the most efficient manner possible. For years, in-person training was your only option. Now with the advances in technology and the Internet, training can be orchestrated anywhere at any time.

While in-person training has its place, there are a number of reasons why it may not be beneficial for those looking to grasp complex concepts. Below you’ll find just a few reasons why in-person training may not be good enough for certain platforms such as Office 365.

  • In-person training is expensive – The costs can add up fast if you’re paying a staff of trainers to constantly travel around to various offices to provide training materials. With online training, you can record the necessary training materials once and use them until they become outdated, which could be months or even years with no added costs.
  • In-person training can’t be customized – With in-person training, you’ll typically have a trainer with a set agenda for a certain amount of time. If the trainer decides to go on a tangent about a certain topic, trainees may miss out on valuable information. However, with online training, the training is learner-focused and self-paced to ensure that the trainee gets the most out of the material.
  • In-person training can’t often be reused – Unless the training is being recorded, in-person training cannot be archived or reused. This can add to the expense related to providing in-person training. Online training such as the Office 365 Training Platform from MessageOps is available 24/7 from any location, which is advantageous for organizations looking to offer robust training materials while still controlling costs.
  • Location specific – In-person training typically requires a trainer to either drive or fly to a certain location to put on the training, or for your employees to travel to wherever the trainer is presenting. Either of these scenarios require significant expenditures compared to online training platforms that can be accessed from any device including computers, smartphones, and tablets.

The wave of the future in employee training is online

With the e-learning market worth somewhere around $165 billion in 2015, there’s little doubt that online learning is catching on among enterprises of all sizes. With the proliferation of the gig economy, this trend is likely to continue to grow.

Reach out to MessageOps for all your Office 365 training needs

At MessageOps, we’ve long been early adopters of all things technology related, including online learning. We have a robust Office 365 Training Platform available to allow you the ability to master any area of the Office 365 suite that you may need help with. Sign up for a 7-day free trial to see how this on-demand, versatile platform can move your team forward across all the Office 365 apps.

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