Choose the Right Delivery Format for Your Training

You know what you want to learn. Now you just need to figure out how. Sounds easy, right?

Never have there been so many choices in how to learn something. The options have multiplied along with rapid advances in technology: You can fire up your search engine and start reading articles and watching videos. You can ask (via voice, phone, email, text, post, chat or tweet) a friend, colleague or mentor, or find a community of practice online that will help you. These unstructured methods work well when the content to be learned is limited in quantity and complexity.

For other, more intensive and complex types of learning, you need more structure. In this case, you can read a physical book or an e-book. You can take a traditional class in a physical or virtual location. Or you can take advantage of the newer training formats that combine any number of these mediums to meet your specific needs. But the type of learning is not the only factor to consider — you should also take into account your current situation, such as your goals and preferences for learning, and constraints related to schedule, budget and lifestyle.

So how do you decide which learning format meets your individual needs? The key is to look at your specific learning needs in this particular situation. Here are some important factors to consider:


It’s great to have choices, but having so many can be paralyzing. This table will help guide you to pick the training delivery format that will best meet your learning needs.

To see how Global Knowledge’s offerings map to your individual learning needs, click here.

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