I like to teach online. Not only is it more convenient, but I try to use online tools to enhance student interaction. Of course I teach Agile face to face also, but I can do special exercises online. The exercises are key because the Learning Pyramid shows us people retain 5 to 20% information from passive presentations, 30% from demos, but retain more with active forms of training. This includes 50% for group discussion, 75% practice, and 90% teaching others. It takes effort to pull this off on-line, but with care you can go beyond and do things impossible in face to face settings. Last year I taught 746 people. In the last 2 weeks I’ve taught 215 more, so I thought it would be good to look at the results.
- Class is good. The mean is 8.4 out of 10, and the net promoters score is 50% (which is good)
- I’ve designed a comprehensive track of live instructor led modules ranging from 90 minutes to 3 days
- Students include business analysts, testers, developers, project managers / ScrumMasters, and managers and coaches.
- I grant Class B PDUs for continuing education. The material is PMI-ACP friendly yet also includes key elements from broad tools like Innovation Games (R).
So far so good. I’ve been optimizing Agile education for online environments since May 2009, and it always seems there are cool new techniques right around the corner.
You can read more about the results of my classes at AgileBill’s Agile Academy Report.