Thursday Jan 16, 2014

The Benefits of Digital Training

As the world becomes more and more digital, technology is changing the face of IT education. In the past, students signed up for classes and went to education centers to learn. While today's students can still go to a classroom if they prefer, it's becoming more and more popular to take training on digital devices, including desktops, laptops and tablets. Plus, it's now possible to access lab environments and classroom materials on those same machines.

 “eLearning is considered the ‘primary’ delivery method of IT training for about 45% of enterprises.”

International Data Corporation (IDC)

Digital Learning Advantages

The move to digital training (or eLearning) has many advantages. Students have essentially grown up using computers, so going digital is a simple switch from the traditional classroom. Anytime, anywhere, training fits into a busy schedule and gives students the luxury of making progress at their own rate. Travel is no longer required, helping save time and money. When done right, the move to digital learning provides more people with greater access to the best instruction from top instructors, with content that is fresh, thorough and up to date. 

Three Ways to Go Digital

Oracle University offers our top classroom training courses in digital formats that you can access from your home, office or any convenient location. Choose from three delivery options, depending on your preference: Oracle Training On Demand, Live Virtual Class or Self-Study Courses.

Training On Demand gives you all the benefits of classroom training, including access to hands-on labs, without having to travel or be dependent on course schedules. 

  • Get the complete classroom experience in a streaming video format.
  • Access content as often as you want for 90 days.
  • Learn at your own pace with options to pause, fast forward and replay.
  • Take classes on your own schedule and remotely via mobile devices.
  • Select the lessons you want to view or search for topics to review. 
Live Virtual Class Training brings the best of Oracle University's traditional instructor-led training and labs directly to you via a highly interactive, online learning environment.
  • Delivered by live instructors with full access to lab environments.
  • Classes available in multiple time zones and languages.
  • Extended lab access for 24 hours a day for the duration of the class.
  • Live support available 24 hours a day, before and after class.
  • Can be customized for your business or delivered as one of Oracle University's Private Events.

Self-Study Courses include interactive, multimedia training that you can download.

  • You can access as many times as you wish for an unlimited time. 
  • These courses can also be purchased in multi-course bundles for maximum convenience. 
  • Learn and study anytime, anywhere.

Digital Training Can Help You Become Oracle Certified

Furthermore, qualifying courses taken in the Training On Demand and Live Virtual Class formats satisfy Oracle certification requirements, which makes preparing for your certification exams even easier. Oracle University also offers Certification Discount Packages in these formats.

To save money on high-quality digital training courses delivered to your laptop, phone or tablet, explore a wide variety of Oracle University discount packages today.

-Oracle University Marketing Team

Friday Feb 15, 2013

The Digital Learning Transformation

Did you know that today’s average college grads have spent less than 5,000 hours of their lives reading, but over 10,000 hours playing video games (not to mention 20,000 hours watching TV).*

I think we all know that the world around us has changed and how we consume information and spend our time has changed.  It feels like I hear about this every day, but seeing stats like this really puts it all into perspective for me. Today’s world revolves around technology.

Dewey Decimal What?

Generation Y has grown up with the ability to access an unlimited supply of information with just the click of a button. Makes me a bit jealous.  The concept of going to the library, searching through a card catalog to locate a book and then combing through it to get the answer you're looking for sounds insane in 2013, doesn’t it? New information needs to be obtained at the right time in the quickest way possible. Even though Gen Y might be a driving force behind this change, they are not alone. Technology is moving so fast that we are forced to keep up or get left behind.

From Bricks to Clicks

No matter what generation you are in, you likely grew up learning in a brick and mortar classroom. There is something about classroom learning that has been hard to capture in a digital form. The early forms of e-learning were lacking the “special sauce” of social interaction that is core to the classroom learning experience.  With the rise of social networking tools and technology, we're at a point where new forms of digital learning are becoming available that will help students access interactive learning in real-time, without having to sacrifice anything.  

The Shift to On Demand Digital Learning

Oracle University has been offering  Live Virtual Class (LVC) Training for several years now. Students often times seem reluctant to take a Live Virtual Class, but once they try it, they are hooked (I am not just saying that – our student evaluations are great proof of this). However, LVC training isn’t for everyone. You still need to allocate the time in your schedule to take the course online for duration of the class. That's why we launched Training On Demand which includes a video recording of a classroom course that you can start, pause, fast forward and replay as needed. You can even search the course for specific topics. It lets you learn on your own time, gives you options to interact with instructors and lets you access labs for hands-on practice on-the-go via a mobile device, or from your desktop.  


Tell Us What You Think

We are getting a lot of positive feedback on Training on Demand as a new way to learn. Take a closer look and check out the demo, along with some of the course previews, and tell us what you think. What other suggestions do you have for making our learning more accessible?

-Kate, Oracle University Market Development Manager

*Source: Mark Prensky. “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants” 

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