Both present the same problem. Although the longer courses are better value.
I did the Air Nav one as a rookie CI and it was really good and as I recall we were done by Friday morning.
What needs to happen is to give CIs a daily amount.
We do video conferencing at work and while convenient it leaves me feeling empty, as it loses the “off screen” interaction and networking that proper meetings allow. I couldn’t imagine sitting in a room talking to screen for hours on end. I’ve used skype once and was a soul less experience.
And that’s where you initially concentrate your training effort before teaching the sylabus. I suspect the staff teaching the subjects in particular the techincal ones will have a fair grasp of computing somay just need tutoring in the discipline required.
If my partner can teach 70 to 90 year olds to skype who 6 months previously never used a computer anybody can learn.
You may only need one day rather than several where there is a practical componant to the course
The practical compliments the theory and vice versa, so just doing the practical divorced from the theory isn’t constructive.
Imagine doing something like woodwork or science and not having the theory and practical combined.
She hasn’t as she has her own company as a computer tutor and her lessons are driven by the needs of her customers. What she does is before the first lesson she tells them to write down what they want to learn and starts of from even ‘this is how you turn your computer on’ does not do the tech side, but also she sets up iPads kindles or mobile phones and troubleshoots softwear problems.
She has taught many peopel who had high power employment who never really know how to write a word document.
Each person will have different learning needs so your teaching may have to be tailored to them rather than a group.
The OU has a much more developed and detailed subject documentation, so doing the practical divorced from the theory would work better. Also the people lecturing at the summer schools will be fully conversant with the theory and the practical.
Also people doing OU courses have an interest and mindset as they are paying for it, we are people with the subject matter thrust upon us with no particular interest in it and cadets more so, so it needs to be made easier to access.
True, it’s back to the principal of not waiting for others, and I’m sure this is already happening and will continue to happen.
But this thread is about things we would like to see happen/change in 2019 or beyond. . .
Easier said than done if you don’t have staff to teach subjects in the first place. I try to have the MOI qualified NCOS teach as much as I can because most staff simply do not have the knowledge required to teach the current syllabus or they are not down often enough to maintain continuity in a subject.