When considering which course is right for you there are several options you may want to look at. One is how the course is delivered and if it suits you.

Workshops.

Many courses are run on a workshop basis. Take a look at a short list of the ins' and outs' to see if this could be a good fit for you.

Pros

Cons

Its quick and simple

IBM found that online learning contains 5 times more material than in person courses.

Hands on learning for some is their preferred way to learn. Lets get practicing those skills!

Some find learning in a classroom environment nerve racking – 2 or 3 days is sometimes not enough time to settle in and start learning – by which time the course has finished

Instant feedback and answers

If you only have a few days to cover all the material how much time do you have to practice your skills, gain feedback, formulate questions and really get to grips with the topic?


You may be surprised to know that in the right e- learning environment students actually retained up to 60% more than workshop students, whose typical retention in around 10%. This is because the student leads the experience, they can quickly move through things they may already know, or slow down over something they want to work on more.

Workshops seem to be a great fit for those that already possess the knowledge but just need a “rubber stamp” or maybe want some feedback on their teaching style.

E-Learning.

Distance learning or online learning has years of research supporting its use, however, not all distance learning is equal. To get to this magic 60% retention, studies have identified what exactly makes the most effective and engaged learning experience for students.

  • Learning must be interactive and multimedia in its approach
  • The environment or the system that learning is delivered on must be of good quality
  • Individuals learn, retain and apply information better when they discover things by themselves and control their pace of learning.

So this puts the old “send the work and assignment to and fro by email” right out the window.

It cannot go unacknowledged that everyone has different learning styles and needs. Antenatal Training UK, have used the latest research and technology to design and deliver your training experience to cover as many of those needs in a flexible way as possible. Investing a significant amount of time ans money into the backend classroom technology.

Your online learning environment is filled with videos, articles, activities and quizzes to make it fully interactive and self led. We don’t spoon feed you, we guide and prompt you, then encourage you to apply and share your learning with others on the live platforms.

The way we deliver your learning does include a hands on element – for example around halfway through the course you will be asked to gather a small group of friends or family together and try out some of your teaching plans, then reflect on them. We do ask for the sessions to be recorded where possible so we can support you in feedback.

However, we also offer a non-compulsory workshop for those that want additional support. This is offered at the end of the course when you are confident in your knowledge and thus will gain more from it. The only exception is ADVANCED Diploma students wishing to teach for Birth+, who must attend a workshop.

References:

Ololube, N., Kpolovie, P. and Makewa, L. (2016). Handbook of Research on Enhancing Teacher Education with Advanced Instructional Technologies. 

Liaw, S. (2007). Investigating studenst' percieved staidsfaction, behavioural intention and effectiveness of e-learning. 

Liaw, S. and Huang, H. (2008). Developing a collaborative e-learning system based on users perceptions. 

Leidner, D. and Jarvenpaa, S. (2007). The use of information technology to enhance management school education: a theoretical view. 

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