Whether you need to start with the basics of SolidWorks or need specialized instruction in advanced functions, Fisher/Unitech's 3DU program offers a wide variety of classes and options for learning. We offer a traditional classroom experience at any of our 14 offices, online training for remote learning from anywhere you happen to be, and even a mobile lab that can come to your location, complete with a professor, to teach you on-site. One of our fantastic online instructors wanted to break down the primary differences between online and in-person instruction and explain the pros and cons of each.
My primary responsibility at Fisher/Unitech is online training. I am writing this blog today because I believe that many people don't know how our online instruction works. Let's look at comparisons between the two and help you decide which type of training is right for you.
In-class - 8:30am to 4:30pm with an hour lunch. This translates into about 7 hours of training for the day. Keep in mind this includes time for exercises in between chapters.
Online - One day of in-house instructions usually translates into three days of online instructions. The time per day varies a bit by class, but most classes run during one or more of these times: 9am-11am, 9am-11:30am, or 2pm to 4pm. We have also started offering evening classes that run 6pm-8:30pm.
For instance: CAD110 SolidWorks Essentials
In-Classroom: 4 Days @ 7 hours each
Online: 8 Sessions @ 2.5 hours each
- Classes are completed more quickly
- No work distractions (unless you leave your phone on)
- Face to face instruction
- Travel and potentially lodging if you can't commute to one of our offices every day
- Time out of the office
- Long sessions
- Comfort from anywhere: office if you need to still be available for work, home, backyard, during travel... anywhere with a high-speed internet connection will do
- Minimal work-time intrusion
- Recorded class sessions available for review
- Not face to face in person (though it can be "face to face" online with videoconferencing tools)
- Takes a little more time for instructor response to questions