For my first entry in this new blog I thought it would be fitting to write about something new to training. You've likely already heard the phrase Instructor-Led Online (ILO), but you may not be familiar with exactly what it is, and why we're so excited about this new way to train.
What is ILO?
To understand ILO, it is helpful to compare it to a traditional online or distance education class. As a recent university grad, I took plenty of distance education classes over the last few years. While they were convenient, I didn't always like feeling so remote from the professor and other students. Instructor-Led Online is as convenient as a distance education course, but also gives you personal interaction with the instructor. Since you take the class on a specific date and time with a group of students, you can ask questions and clarify material as questions arise - there is no need to send an email and wait for a response. Like a distance education class, ILO course content is exactly the same as the classroom version of the course, so you can feel confident that you are learning the same material as students who took the course in the classroom.
Why take an ILO course?
There are many reasons to sign up for an ILO course. I listed some of them above, such as convenience and instructor interaction. Here are some more reasons:
- Go green - ILO eliminates the need to travel, so if you are looking for ways to decrease your carbon footprint, ILO is the way to go.
- Save time - you can take an ILO course from your home or office. All you need is a high-speed internet connection and you're ready to connect.
- Great instructors - ILO courses are taught by the same world-class instructors who teach IBM classroom training.
- Gain skills - training of any kind is an ideal way to build skills in key areas.
- Plenty of choice - with over 30 ILO courses currently being offered for Information Management, you have a variety of courses to choose from.
- Hands-on Labs - to reinforce what you learn, most ILO courses feature hands-on lab work available for the duration of the course.
If you want to get more information on ILO, check out ibm.com/software/data/education/ilo.html. You'll find an ILO demo, a recently recorded podcast, an ILO 101 data sheet and more.
I hope this has provided you some insight about ILO. If you have any other questions, send a comment and I'll do my best to find you an answer.