Virtual Training Goes Mainstream

The global pandemic has made working remotely a necessity, and distance learning has become the new normal for training oil and gas workers worldwide. Yes, we anticipate that in-person IHRDC courses will be available in September as the dangers of the Covid-19 virus diminish and travel budgets are restored. But several new online instruction modes pioneered by IHRDC have won many adherents. That tells us virtual learning is here to stay.

These online modes include e-learning courses, virtual courses, and virtual mentored learning (VML). Each has its merits and advantages, and the virtual courses and VML classes are offered as either Public Programs for which anyone can register or Private Programs designed exclusively to meet the needs of individual clients.

On-Demand Training

E-Learning courses are the common entry point for a lot of learners. Thanks to the

global internet, they can be accessed anytime anywhere, and employees at all levels can acquire industry-specific knowledge by tapping into IHRDC’s extensive library of courses about the business of the oil and gas industry (Petroleum Online) Upstream Technology (IPIMS) Operations & Maintenance and Business Essentials.

These are proven resources for competency development for both individuals and teams. Such is the power of individualized screen-based training, that the combination of text, colorful graphics, award-winning video, and challenging assessments makes e-learning both engaging for participants and cost-effective for organizations.

The Online Classroom

The next category of IHRDC’s innovative instruction is virtual courses. These are streamed versions of our proven in-person classroom training topics with four hours of instruction each day — typically for four or five days. It’s all online so there’s no need for travel, and the programs are offered either publicly to anyone who registers or privately for organizations that want to host training for groups of employees.

IHRDC’s virtual courses offer a blend of learning formats including live interactive lectures, group discussions of case studies, team assignments along with group exercises and challenging simulation games. There are 13 of these innovative courses scheduled for March to June 2021 encompassing two major categories, The Oil and Gas Business and Supply Chain Economics,

 Operations, Trading and Risk Analysis. You can check the specifics of the 2021 Spring schedule here:

Mentors Make a Difference

The third category of innovative training road-tested in 2020 by IHRDC was what we call Virtual Mentored Learning (VML). This is a hybrid of virtual instruction and self-guided learning that requires a time commitment of just four to six hours weekly for six to seven weeks. The time is divided into individual e-learning sessions or webinar instruction for one to three hours per week, a one-hour virtual mentoring session with one of IHRDC’s highly credentialed and experienced instructors where questions are answered and guidance given, and finally a one-hour team assignment where everyone in the class gets to participate in solving a topic-related problem.

VML has caught on among learners literally dispersed around the globe, and IHRDC has responded by scheduling additional VML courses for 2021, bringing the total planned thus far to nine in all. The popularity of this new mode of training is yet more evidence that the workarounds for the disruption of the past year have staying power. The marriage of internet technology and expert instruction is now positioned to raise the standard of competency among the global oil and gas workforce worldwide. IHRDC’s pioneering steps have made that possible.

To learn more about the details of IHRDC’s virtual training programs for 2021, you can listen to the recorded webinar on the subject recently hosted by company president Dr. David Donohue here:

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