Face to Face
I recently read an article that highlighted reasons why face to face classroom teaching is important and impactful. As a classroom instructor who is married to a school teacher this topic is dear to my heart.
With each Green Belt and Black Belt class I teach the impact from attending an in-class program is obvious and remarkable. The student-to-instructor and student-to-student interactions that occur outside of the curriculum is phenomenal and impossible to replicate online. In-class learning is especially important with Lean Six Sigma training due to the challenges we face with change management.
Five benefits of face to face classes:
- Many critical skills can not be learned online – the “soft skills”. These skills include presentation skills, conflict resolution, negotiations, and team facilitation. These need human interactions to be taught effectively.
- It develops communication and interpersonal skills. Workshops helps students build rapport, learn to read people, share ideas, ask questions, listen better, and build trust.
- It builds teamwork. Students get to know each other on a deeper and different level. Being in-class together breaks down stereotypes and develops better human connections.
- People are more focused when they break from routine. Attending an instructor-led class requires commitment and scheduling. Students are more committed to learn and thereby get more benefit from the time invested.
- The magic created when an instructor truly sees you and gives you what you need. Students are valued and their ideas are important. This is the why I love teaching – those moments when students grasp the concept and they feel great about it.
For these reasons instructor-led, face-to-face training will always be in demand – the impact is too great.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you in class, Erik