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Online versus Face to Face Training - Which is better?

There are pros and cons for both methods of training, delivery and assessment. 

In recent years, and particularly since the emergence of COVID-19, more and more training has moved online. As technology has advanced learning through this medium has improved, becoming more interactive and user friendly for students.

Online learning suits some people very well.  It allows flexibility, location is not an issue, it tends to be a less expensive option, however students must be self-disciplined and self-motivated to achieve good outcomes.  It is more suited to theoretical subjects rather than the study of practical skills, which are difficult to master through virtual teaching.

On the other hand, face to face learning creates a more dynamic relationship between students and their trainer, and students and other students, which can assist with learning and enrich the whole experience.

There is also the issue of assessing students and gathering the evidence required by ASQA (the vocational education and training sector’s regulatory body) through a virtual medium.  This proves difficult when assessing practical skills, and at times is impossible.

At Adept Training we believe face to face training and assessment is the best way for our students to get the most out of our skills-based qualifications such as pathology collection, pathology assistance and medical practice assisting.  While there are theoretical components to these qualifications, they also consist of clinical practical skills. 

Our trainers and assessors monitor each individual student’s progress throughout the course and when they are ready, students are assessed.  All practical skills are assessed in person to maintain the integrity of the qualification and maintain Adept Training’s standards.

Adept Training have been training students and providing healthcare workers to industry for 20 years.  Our courses are designed to ensure students are trained to industry standards and job ready when they graduate.  All our practical skills are practiced in the clinical classroom on live models, we encourage students to practice on each other, so they know what it feels like to be a patient, as well as the practitioner. This is important to build empathy with patients and assists in learning skills.

Pathology collection is our most popular course, students love the practical afternoon sessions where they collect blood from each other.  Their feedback to us is that they really enjoy the hands-on nature of the course, and as they have practised many times under the mentorship of their trainers they don’t feel out of their depth when they go out into industry for the first time. 

We hope, with the support of our community, to continue to provide skilled, confident graduates to work in the Australian healthcare industry for the next 20 years.