We could praise the efficiency of live online training seminars all day, but let’s face it, as the leading provider of online maintenance and plant management seminars, we’re a little biased. With that in mind, we’d like to share some of the latest research into live online training, as presented by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning takes a deep dive into the efficiency of online learning. The paper examined research literature from 1996 to 2008, representing thousands of empirical studies of online learning.

The study reports that “students in online conditions performed modestly better, on average, than those learning the same material through traditional face-to-face instruction.” This alone makes the case for online training—when you’re dealing with arc flash and electrical safety, for instance, performing “modestly better” can mean the difference between a safe work environment and serious injuries.

The study also found blended instruction—combining online and face-to-face instruction—was more effective than either delivery method alone. This matches what we’ve seen with our live online training seminars—combining face-to-face instruction through virtual classrooms with online instructions, quizzes, and materials produces better outcomes than either method alone.

When it came to the difference between independent online study and instructor-directed learning, outcomes were better for instructor lead, collaborative learning. TPC Trainco seminars are led by experts in their field with experience in both education and their areas of expertise, who lead students in both individual study and group work.

Overall, the statistical differences between face-to-face classroom instruction and online training were small, with online training demonstrating a slight advantage. Online seminars, therefore, are at least as effective educational settings as onsite instruction. So whether you opt for TPC Trainco’s onsite seminars or online classes, you’ll get high-quality, qualified instruction providing your employees practical skills they can apply to their jobs immediately.