The Benefits of Online Training Courses

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Weld Australia accelerated the development and launch of two new online training courses: those associated with the International Welding Specialist (IWS) and International Welding Inspector – Basic (IWI-B) qualifications. This new online format offers students a raft of benefits, from increased flexibility through to more efficient learning.

Increased Flexibility

The flexible nature of online learning also allows students to access course information with greater ease. Students are able to study in their own home and access the course material whenever is most convenient for them; before a morning run, after work, or when their children are asleep.

Each person has their own unique way of learning. Online training caters more easily to these different learning styles, allowing students to leave their desk for a break when required.

The comfort of a remote learning environment also reduces distractions commonly found in a busy face-to-face environment like a classroom or training centre, helping students stay focused during classes.

Self-Paced Learning

Unlike face-to-face learning, students can pause or replay a recording to understand a concept in full before moving on. This helps to break down any dense or complex course material. This self-paced learning technique means students can take their time to focus on any specific knowledge gaps and retain the knowledge at their own pace.

For instance, Weld Australia’s online learning platform, Moodle, stores all recordings and other content for students to access around-the-clock. This gives students the opportunity to learn at their own pace and revise the pre-recorded material several times before an examination or hurdle task. The interactive nature of Moodle assures students of what work has been completed, and any upcoming requirements.

Greater Accessibility

An online format makes training more accessible, particularly for people in remote and regional areas, who are unable to attend face-to-face courses. Remote learning also saves time and travel costs for students and their respective companies. This is particularly important for welders in rural and regional areas, who may have to commute to capital cities to undertake training.

In addition, Weld Australia’s new online courses are run over a longer period of time, with only two lectures per week. This gives the students the opportunity to attend the course without having to take weeks’ worth of leave to attend each module.

Live Lectures for Interactivity

Weld Australia’s online training also includes live lectures, which have a mandatory 90% attendance rate requirement. This combination of pre-recorded, self-paced learning and mandatory live lectures ensures that students still have the opportunity to interact with their peers and teacher in real-time. The live lectures provide the perfect opportunity for students to clarify any course materials or problems and ask questions.