Training methods

ABIS is offering its IT knowledge under different forms: instructor-led Classroom training, Individual training and coaching, Guided self-study, Blended learning, ... Each form has its own characteristics and advantages, but also its own challenges.

Together we can decide on the best fit for your specific situation!

Classroom training

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ABIS offers many of its courses in the form of classroom, instructor-led, training. We organise most of our classroom trainings as 'public' (open-roster) sessions, with training dates in Belgium and the Netherlands, and we can obviously set up an in-company session for you as well, where we can tailor the contents to your specific needs.

We are convinced that the classroom approach still offers a tremendous 'added value', as explained below.

  • The course leader / instructor is a motivator and catalyst. Problems, questions, doubts and uncertainties are promptly discovered; practical experiences can be exchanged between instructor and participants; and if at all possible, the instructor can comment on company-specific situations and issues.
  • The didactics and content of the courses are tried-and-tested: they focus on what's essential, maximizing their return.
  • The instructor can and will stimulate the exchange of experiences between participants. And participants can, and will, stimulate each other!
  • The instructor serves as your guide through the vast world of available learning resources (online, books, videos, ...), filters relevant content and can point the participants to the most suited ones.
  • Theory is supported by practice: real-life cases are elaborated. We verify - and if so desired, test - both participant short-term memory, as well as understanding, insight, and overall comprehension of the subjects discussed!
  • Classroom training is based on an extensive syllabus. This syllabus, developed by ABIS instructors, is used during the training. Its structure and content allow it to be used as a manual and reference later-on! This course material is the result of best-practices - approaches, procedures, etc. developed and documented by ABIS staff. The resulting material? Applicable, relevant, without any unnecessary overhead.
  • Many of our courses are also available in a virtual classroom: a live, interactive training session, that you can follow from your own desk.

Individual training and coaching

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The most comfortable and arguably most efficient form of training is a one-on-one training session with a dedicated instructor. It offers most of the advantages of classroom training (except for group discussions and collaboration on exercises), and on top of that, individual training can be perfectly made-to-measure for the trainee.

  • While this training form is obviously not the cheapest available solution in terms of course price per training day, an individual training's content and pace is perfectly adapted to the trainee. Because of that, it can be a cost-effective solution for fast learners, or when you only need to learn specific topics: in this case, the training can be done in a shorter time-span, keeping the overall training cost in-check.
  • An individual training session can typically be organised on very short notice.
  • A brief individual training of a few days can be combined with a coaching track of several weeks/months, where the instructor remains available for further guidance while the trainee puts the newly-obtained knowledge into practice.

Guided self-study

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For some of our trainings, ABIS assembled a self-study-guide, which is to be used in combination with our standard course syllabus. In a typical guided self-study-scenario, the trainee comes to our premises for the duration of the training and uses our course-setup. One of our instructors gives a technical introduction, and is available throughout the day for questions and feedback.

  • An individual self-study session can typically be organised on very short notice.
  • A guided self-study session typically has a similar sharp price to an enrolment for a public training.
  • Thus, it is an ideal scenario when someone has to get up-to-speed quickly with a certain technology, even when public sessions of said technology are rare.

Blended learning

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In a blended learning track, participants combine e-learning and self-study with classroom training sessions. Typically, our blended learning training approach is used for certification tracks.

ABIS chose for a flipped classroom model for implementing blended learning. That is, participants individually prepare and study specific technical topics; then, afterwards, at regular intervals, classroom sessions are organised for them to be able to apply and build upon what they have individually learned. In a typical classroom setup, the opposite model is used.

  • In order to help participants prepare and study, a detailed study guide is available. This study guide contains details about both the organisation and planning of the training track and its individual training blocks.
  • Each blended learning track is divided in a number of well-structured training blocks. For each block we define:
  • The content to be studied by the participant. We clearly specify what needs to be prepared (essential and/or optional topics). Participants individually prepare each training block (self-study using technical resources made available) at their own pace. Instructors are available to help them with specific questions and/or problems if needed.
  • The alternative technical resources available to acquire that knowledge: for the e-learning and self-study component, we typically suggest e-learning modules available on the internet, in combination with specialized technical literature, and traditional ABIS course materials. We provide a lab environment / sandboxing environment and exercises to try out the new concepts.
  • Classroom sessions are organized at the end of each training block, where we test participant progress. A representative test is used at the start of each session to that effect. That test is then used afterwards to structure the discussions during the actual class. We explain topics that didn't fully land, offer participants additional technical background and discuss the questions and comments received. Extensive labs are prepared and evaluated. On the final day of a certification track, we prepare participants for the actual certification exam.

Using this approach, we offer each participant the possibility to decide:

  • when and where to acquire the required knowledge: at the office or elsewhere, during office hours or not;
  • how to acquire that knowledge: participants can decide for themselves what sources to use.

Obviously, the participant does not control:

  • the technical content to be studied. ABIS decides - possibly in concertation with the customer - what content needs to be discussed in a specific track, at what pace, and how to evaluate whether the content has been assimilated by the participant.
  • the actual participant monitoring and evaluation process. Our instructors continuously evaluate participant progress; and check whether or not they apply themselves in preparing the classroom sessions as agreed upon. Tests scheduled at the start of classroom meetings allow us - and participants - to keep track of the actual progress made. Our instructors not only test and evaluate participants, they also motivate and encourage them!