A Blended Training Approach to Solving ASP.NET Dev Problems

AppDev Craig Jensen Provides Five Facts to Help Complete .NET Projects

1. Maximize the quality and amount of content and minimize the amount of time out of the office for your staff. Using the blended-learning capabilities of CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and server-based training minimizes downtime as well as out-of-office training for staff. It also provides “just in time” training and reference materials to help developers complete projects efficiently and on time, within budget.

2. Access quality content with ease, and customize it based on current projects. Ensure that the company you select has expertise in instructor-led training, but also offers multiple-training formats utilizing the same content. Review the content and the quality of the presentation – and request demos. To assess the expertise of the instructors, look for those who know and understand the content from an instructor’s framework, but who also understand and have worked with the practical applications of the program being trained.

3. Track the learning progress of participants. Quality training companies offer program options to track the progress of learners through tests included in the training. Some enterprise training solutions allow you to easily measure where participants are in the program and how they are progressing.

4. Evaluate the quality of the content prior to purchase, to be sure you get what you pay for. When talking with a company about its programs, ask to see a complete demonstration of their program. This will enable you to assess the professionalism of the program, the expertise of the instructors, and the depth and breadth of the content. You may even want to have a programmer or two review the training to make sure it “talks their talk.”

5. For enterprise solutions, consider company security—a priority for most companies. If security is a concern for your company, ensure that the training company you select has the ability to provide server-based, behind-the-firewall application networking, which provides ultimate security. And discuss its provisions for ensuring that the system does not interfere with other software or security issues.

A quality blended-learning solution will save you time and money – providing a strong return on investment. To ensure you are making a good investment, ask questions, evaluate the options based on quality of content not quantity of titles, and talk with others who have purchased from the company being considered.

Craig Jensen is CEO of AppDev, a Microsoft-certified partner headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. AppDev is a nationally recognized technical learning solution provider offering in-depth, real-world content presented by expert instructors and authors. More information is available at, or by calling 1-800-578-2062.

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.NETDJ News Desk 06/02/06 09:02:56 PM EDT

'Each format of computer-based and ILT training has advantages and disadvantages,' writes AppDev CEO Craig Jensen. 'So when you combine them, you get the best overall learning possible. I fully expect that blended training solution trends will include the new knowledge server-based product, DVD-ROM and CD-ROM training formats that allow employees to access full training and reference materials right at their desks...'