One of the principles of the Agile Manifesto specifies that face-to-face interaction is the most efficient and effective method of communication in a team. So it should be no surprise that when you are choosing a Scrum training class it may make more sense to attend an in-person class. A face-to-face class may not always be the most cost effective option; however, when considering the overall training experience and desired outcomes, following are a few reasons why you may want to strongly consider making the investment to take a face-to-face class over taking one that is delivered virtually or online.
Socialization is a critical component of education at any age. What do you remember most about going to school? Chances are it is the time that you spent hanging out with your friends. Socialization in a classroom setting may look a little different for adults but not really too much. Talking during lunches and breaks may end up being the most rewarding part of class for some participants. For professionals who are seeking out opportunities to expand their Scrum knowledge, a face-to-face training class can provide an excellent way to network and share personal and professional experiences.
During an in-person class, the instructor can more readily measure the level of learning taking place with the students. The instructor is able to address individual remediation more readily and provide participants with greater opportunities to get assistance. For many people, asking questions in class is difficult, so developing a comfortable relationship with the instructor is critical and will likely be easier in a face-to-face environment. Co-location also provides the opportunity to address questions in a more confidential way rather than in front of the entire group on a video conference.
There are many excellent collaboration tools that are now available to use in online classes; however, virtual tools will not replace the hands-on collaboration that takes place when learners are co-located. The opportunity to use tactile materials like post-it notes and physical whiteboards help students learn concepts quickly and keeps them engaged. Research has shown that students of all ages get a stronger feeling of satisfaction moving and building physical things as they are learning.