Online training is the art of knowledge transfer through the internet, from anywhere in the globe to targeted audiences who choose to learn a particular subject. There are plenty of self-proclaimed "travel and tourism schools" but very few get it right. Why?
Most exist to assert someone's expertise or lure unsuspecting people in for an up-sell, not to actually train, educate and empower people. This is why The Tourism Academy's Instructor Success team and Advisory Panel exist - to ensure that we are providing transformative, engaging and accessible training that makes a real difference.
Through The Tourism Academy, students earn certificates of completion for each course they successfully finish. Organizations can offer their own Certification and Accreditation programs, saving both time and money with ready-built courses, intuitive design, and Instructional Designers on hand.
Here are a few advantages of online training that showcase how it helps improve a company's bottom line and the employee's life:
Technology demands newer updates and faster systems all the time. This can only be achieved with constant training and learning. Travel agents and tourism suppliers working a 9-5 job and pursuing courses may seem tiring if you have to go to a training center before or after work. Sometimes going to the training center may rob your weekends and eat up your free time. Online training courses for hospitality can be taken anytime, anywhere. The only requirement would be an internet connection. Making time during your coffee breaks at work, sitting on your couch and taking online courses instead of watching television, and listening to audio/video files while traveling to and from work are some of the ways online training courses can be taken up. This ensures flexibility in terms of time and effort.
A place that has internet connection is a place to take advantage of. Online training and eLearning would require a traditional registration process, followed by a user login page, but now, since browsers are available on phones, tablets, and laptops, online courses are not only restricted to desktops; courses from The Tourism Academy are configured to all types of devices. Thinking of taking a course while traveling? Empower your tour guides and tour directors on the go... eLearning is now in your pockets!
With all these physical copies of books, notes, and professors to handle courses, traditional software training courses demand a very high price for certifications and course completion. In comparison to this, eBooks and notes are permanently saved in your hard drive when it comes to online training. Certifications are provided online, in printable and digital format, with course completion recognition that can be shared on job-posting websites, social media, and more. Reference videos, course materials, and examination scores are saved and can be viewed multiple times, with no limit. Online courses are extremely cost-effective and can be utilized efficiently.
Meeting different people and joining forums does not stop at social media sites. People with same interests or with the same learning goals may join a community that interacts effectively exchanging questions, doubts, and ideas. Participating in such groups may offer a more detailed insight on where the course is leading to.
5. Online Support
Professional educators and eLearning customer support are always looking to help and motivate students. Online course trainers can be emailed and interacted with, when students have any questions, and chat support is almost always available on online learning portals.
6. Progress Report
Online assessments test the ability to understand topics without the pressure of taking an actual exam. Some assessments can also be retaken and reconsidered if students are not satisfied with their scores. Properly justified and marked, online assessments bring about a fair scoring system that helps online students evaluate their understanding of a given subject.
In a fast moving world, almost everything is readily accessible. Downloadable online notes, online support, online interaction, training videos that can be replayed, and assessments/quizzes that can be taken anytime during the course help professionals learn better and faster. The easier courses are to be reached, the easier it is for professionals to reach their goals.
8. Information Retention
Online courses help trainees retain and remember information with attractive images, videos, legible fonts, movie clips, animated descriptions, and more. Real-life examples are also given to explain concepts better. Displaying information in well-crafted ways lead to better understanding of learning content more than taking notes with pen and paper. Face-to-face instructor-led training can force trainees to deviate from topics because of long lectures, where speech is the major mode of communication.
Providing constructive criticism through quizzes offers trainees the ability to understand where they stand in terms of knowledge. Multiple choice and open-ended questions prepare students better for taking an exam. The automated corrections like “wrong answer” and “right answer” give trainees the opportunity to go back and correct themselves when wrong. This saves time and effort when compared to unit tests where the papers are sent to the professor for correcting errors and giving the final grade. Learn about the Tourism Academy.
Traditional in person training requires lots of resources to gather people, provide them with accommodation, bring in trainer(s), and repeat until everyone has been taught. Online learning uses up to 90% less energy and creates 85% less CO2 emissions than traditional models. Sustainability is what we practice. Tourism Academy sponsors receive recognition for their contributions to our sustainability model.
Some people prefer face-to-face training, while others may prefer online training. According to the American Society for Training and Development, nearly one-third of all eLearning content and material is available and pursued online. Online training is no doubt a huge cost saver for organizations and individuals, as only certification courses come with a high price tag compared to free online courses. Utilizing the internet for improving your skills is the ultimate way to climb up the success ladder, as the best investment that you can make is investing in yourself.