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Remote Classroom Instruction (RCI™)
We believe that live, instructor-led, classroom training is the most effective way to learn—after all, that’s how we’ve been delivering training since 1983. However, as the demand for training has declined and as travel budgets have been reduced, training companies have found it increasingly difficult to get enough students in a single classroom to run a traditional class. This has resulted in more class cancellations each year. Our solution was to create the Remote Classroom Instruction (RCI) methodology that allows us to combine enrollments from multiple classrooms.
RCI Breaks Some Rules. RCI is an innovative blend of virtual technology with “bricks and mortar” classroom locations. This new training model can be confusing to understand at first. To help clarify some common misconceptions, we offer these definitions that more clearly explain how RCI contrasts with traditional training.
A: No. The instructor is remote and participants join the class individually or in small groups.
Remote. In all cases, the RCI instructor is not in the classroom with the participants. The classes have other participants who are joining in from different locations. Those students not in the same room as the instructor—the instructor is teaching from a “remote” location.
A: Over 85% of our students participate from one of our small classrooms in over 300 locations.
Home or Office. We feel that there are significant advantages to attending training in a RCI classroom setting. However, for people who prefer to attend from their home or office, RCI technology provides that flexibility. Students considering taking training from their office should be warned that some corporate “firewalls” block remote connections to the classroom computers. For this reason, we require individuals test the connections prior to the class. (Try our connection test and review what you'll need to attend class from your home or office.)
A: Yes. The training is 100% live. RCI classes are not recorded.
Recorded Instruction. E-Learning, videos and mentored learning are typical examples of recorded learning sessions. Educators label this kind of training as “asynchronous” meaning that the instructor and the students are not participating in the event at the same time. Obviously, individuals learning from a recorded presentation do not have the ability to stop the instructor and ask questions. RCI events are not recorded. (See RCI Comparison to Mentored Learning for more details.)
RCI allows us to maintain the benefits of live, instructor-led, classroom training while using conferencing technology to eliminate the need for the instructor and all participants to be in the same location. As the demand for training has dropped, it is sometimes impossible to find in-person training nearby. Our over 300 specially designed classroom locations make RCI training the next best thing to being there in-person!
Interested in learning more? For a more complete description of our RCI methodology, including video showing classrooms in several cities see Remote Classroom Instruction Overview or see FAQs about RCI.
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