I came upon a website today www.traininteractive.com from A. Routsis Associates. This outfit offers online training for the plastics industry. I'm wondering if these type of services are as helpful and comprehensive as traditional training especially for sophisticated operations? Have you tried/invested in any type of online training? If so, were you satisfied with the results?

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Comment by laura carrabine on December 15, 2009 at 6:18am
Almost three years ago, I took 12 semester hours online to get recertified to teach. The state department of education accepted the hours and re-issued a teaching certificate to me. It seems that in some professions the online training and education is acceptable. However, I do agree with you that hands-on, real world experience is probably a better way to get the best training for the engineering field.
Comment by laura carrabine on December 14, 2009 at 4:00pm
So do you take the time (and spend the money) to engage in the online classes or opt for community colleges or other educational sources such as night classes? When I see on-line classes being offered, I think "Hmm, is this service something that engineers can use in real world applications, and do the courses provide the substance that students are looking for to apply to their job applications?" Gerald, what do you think abou that?
Comment by Gerald Pellett on December 14, 2009 at 11:43am
I agree that online training can be beneficial. You need to check out what you're getting, of course. You can pick up a lot of information, although it's difficult to get hands-on experience. I find that employers like that you take online courses that relate to your areas of expertise, but online courses aren't considered as legitimate as traditional college courses (at accredited schools) so their certificates or diplomas do not substitute for a college degree.
Comment by laura carrabine on October 26, 2009 at 10:00am
Thanks for your comments about on-line learning. I agree with them especially in today's economy in which companies are slashing budgets to remain profitable.
Comment by Michael Adcock on October 26, 2009 at 6:40am
I think engineers who don't get on the e-learning band wagon will soon realize they're missing out on opportunities and missing information. The more high tech the indusrty the more e-learning provides the opportunity for updating your education and subject knowledge.

I leaned much of what I know about Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) through network training programs now available on the web. See http://www.etilearn.com/ or use the live web format from http://www.etinews.com/gdt_live_web/.
I think this is a great way to learn because both can be made to accomodate a flexible scehdual and save on travel costs and conference room needs.

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