Or do we? In the 40 years since Pink Floyd’s iconic album ‘The Wall’ was released, education methods have changed dramatically. With the classroom increasingly being replaced with virtual learning, three out of four organisations now train their employees on IT software and systems online.
And it’s easy to see why companies might favour online. Allowing employees to take control of their own learning process has clear benefits. There’s no competitive pressure from learning alongside co-workers and people can learn at a pace that suits them, where and when they want to. The structure of online coursework may also help ensure employees have processed and understood one part of a training module, before they are able to proceed further.
So, it might seem safe to assume that online training is the ideal way to introduce new technology like Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to an organisation. But is it?
In a word, no. In our experience, classroom training delivered by an experienced instructor provides unique benefits that online, digital nomad training just can’t match. Human interaction is key. The instant feedback and reassurance provided by learning together and sharing real-life case studies in a group environment is irreplaceable.
“All previous RPA developer training I have known has been online and done in isolation. Having this classroom environment allowed for collaborative problem solving and learning”
Gary Coates, Head of Automation, SSCL
Another huge benefit of face-to-face classroom training is its role in kick-starting business relationships. With disruptive new transformation projects like RPA, it can help teams form and gel. And in some cases, it may even be the first (and only) time that team members physically get to meet in person!
It’s not just internal training where classroom benefits are seen either. In public courses, where delegates from different organisations train alongside each other, it’s common to see a rich cross-pollination of ideas between businesses and industries.
The flexibility of face-to-face training also allows easy customisation, reflecting the specific requirements and challenges of your organisation and people.
Because our experienced instructors have real world knowledge of RPA software like UiPath that extends beyond the defined needs and experience of a single company, as your organisation develops its adoption of technology, the trainer can adapt and modify the training delivered to your employees accordingly. This way, you can be sure you have the most relevant, up-to-date training programme, customised to your needs, to help you maximise your ROI.
So perhaps we do still need traditional classroom training after all. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s some trainee feedback taken from one of our classrooms:
If your business needs to train your teams in RPA and is considering investing in quality classroom-based technical training delivered by an official UiPath Training Partner like Morpheus, get in touch.