How does studying online compare to in person classes?

Jun 2020

We asked one of our graduate coaches how, having experienced our face to face and virtual classrooms, how they thought the methods compared.

Q: Margaret, which Full Circle training courses have you undertaken?

A: I did Certificate of Professional Coaching Practice, Certificate in Team Coaching Practice, Certificate in Coaching for Wellness and Certificate in Advanced Coaching Practice Part I in face-to-face classrooms. I did Certificate in Executive Coaching Practice in a virtual classroom, and am now doing Spring into Wellness, Virtual Meditation, Lunch n Learn and the ICF New Competency Masterclasses online.

Certificate courses:

Other online lessons:

Q: Using Zoom as the online platform, how easy was it for you and the trainers to access, navigate and communicate using its features?

A: It took me a bit of time to get to grips with Zoom and GoToMeeting when I started my coaching training but they work really well now. These two platforms seem very well suited – particularly with the recording facility which meant that I never miss a class even when I am unable to attend or have a clash appointment.

Q: If potential students are worried about their skillset and ability to use the system, is that not too much to take on whilst training to become a coach?

A: Trust me on this. If I can do it, anyone can. Really.

Q: How did you find the breakout coaching practice sessions?

A: It was a little unfamiliar the very first time around but this unfamiliarity disappeared the next time around. It was really not a problem.

Q: Was it easy to ask the trainer questions?

A: Yes, very easy. Raise your hand. The trainer sees you on her screens as do your fellow participants. The two-day executive coaching training, however, was intensive and Naomi covered a lot of material so she kept a tight timetable with specified allocations for questions and answers so there was less interruption. However, she acknowledged and allowed questions when any of us raised our hands.