Microsoft On Demand Courses and the benefits of online learning

Microsoft On Demand Courses and the benefits of online learning

The recent launch of Microsoft Official Course On Demand follows a trend of providing convenient alternative to traditional courses.

Steve Brennan | 13 April 2016

In an earlier blog we discussed the Top 10 benefits of online learning courses.

Our customers tell us every day about the tangible benefits of online courses. Whilst the benefits of attending a traditional instructor led classroom training course remain very evident – online training provides an alternative learning solution for someone who is unable to attend a 9am-5pm classroom event and/or who needs the flexibility to learn when they want to. Although we have seen growth in on-line based tutorials and the internet in general as a source of instant knowledge and information, accredited courses provide not only high quality content but also in some instances, the courses are aligned to a certification, which in time translate into better performance and pay increases.

For an employer, online learning means that staff productivity isn’t affected as the courses can be done in a self-paced format to help staff build skills as their schedule allows them.

There are many benefits, but here are 5 key ones to consider:

  • Relevant- More and more leading vendors are releasing online based training which means high-quality content, often with live hands-on exercises. 

  • Time efficient- It's less disruptive to a business as it reduces time out of the office and time spent travelling to and from  training centres.

  • Convenient- Available 24/7, often enabling participants to access training from home, office or anywhere with internet access.

  • Cost effective- Online course offer better value for money since they reduce or eliminate travelling and accommodation expenses.

  • The recent launch of Microsoft Official Course (MOC) On-Demand follows the trend providing a convenient alternative to traditional instructor-led classroom courses, combining high-quality video, reading, live hands-on labs and knowledge checks in a self-paced format to help your staff build skills on Microsoft technologies as their schedules allows - all at once or five minutes at a time

    The benefits of Microsoft On-Demand Courses

    The benefits of taking a Microsoft Official On-Demand course include:

  • Accessed securely via a single user sign-on through a Microsoft hosted web portal, recorded and delivered by engaging Microsoft experts.

  • It is official training content from Microsoft i.e. the people who wrote the software, and features the same official experts and quality courseware.

  • Microsoft Labs Online and Knowledge Checks ensure learning is active and not passive.

    Microsoft On-Demand Courses

  • With many more courses being released over the coming months, Microsoft On-Demand Courses include:

  • Windows Server On-Demand Courses

  • System Center On-Demand Courses

  • Exchange Server On-Demand Courses

  • Sharepoint Server On-Demand Courses

  • Microsoft On-Demand Courses for Developers

  • Certification

    Unique to QA, we also offer options to carry out your complete certification online via our Digital Microsoft On-Demand Certification in a Box option.

    This not only gives you access to the course online, digital course manual and online labs but also includes exam practice tests, exam insurance and a voucher to take your exam either online (‘proctored’) or via a test centre.

    Find out more about our Microsoft Official On-Demand Courses and Microsoft On-Demand Certifications in a Box.

    QA Training | Jennie-marshal

    Jennie Marshall

    Learning Programme Director (Enterprise and Outsource Services)

    Jennie Marshall is an award winning learning professional (Winner of the 2016 Learning Performance Institute, Learning Professional of the Year Bronze Award), who joined QA in 2010 as a Learning Consultant in the Leadership, Management and Business Skills team. She has gone on to progress through various positions to her current role of Learning Programme Director where she now designs, develops and manages the delivery of end to end learning programmes. She is an experienced and dedicated learning professional, with expertise including management, leadership and talent, and training and facilitation developed within a variety of environments. Jennie has a proven track record of delivering blended, multi modal learning programmes using Learning Management System platforms and in a more traditional face to face setting, is at home with small and large audiences. She is a proven developer of people and is accredited in the use of a variety of tools including Strength Deployment Inventory®, Emergenetics®, Hogan®, Prism® and Worldsview™ as well as being an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner and Kirkpatrick Certified Professional (Bronze).
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