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Last week, we conducted the first, fully remote Dalet Advanced Administrator Course, with attendees from TMZ, Voice of America, Spectrum, National Geographic, BYU and a number of Dalet project engineers.
While this training was planned to take place in person at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington D.C., we quickly realized we needed to find a way to keep our attendees safe considering recent developments, without missing out on their learning.
Over the course of 5 days, and fully online, Dalet Administrators sat at their own homes, often in quarantine, while attending hands-on training about:
And, very importantly, how everyone in the course likes their coffee in the morning!
Prior to the training, we set up a course on Dalet iLearn with all the training materials including videos, step-by-step configuration guides, presentations, assignments and multiple-choice tests.
We also setup a Dalet Galaxy five instance template running on AWS as the basis for the step-by-step Guidebook. Each student was assigned their own personal Dalet Galaxy five instance.
We used Teamviewer to connect to students’ computers when needed.
We emailed students a Course Guidebook and directions to log into Dalet iLearn, the video conferencing system and their AWS environment.
Hands-on teaching started from day 1, where students followed the instructor on their own training instances, to upgrade their Dalet Galaxy systems to Dalet Galaxy five. If any student ran into issues, the trainer could start a breakout private session to talk with the student, while remotely accessing their computer to resolve an issue or demonstrate an exercise.
While the trainer was on a breakout session, other students could continue working on interactive tasks following Dalet iLearn.
Each class was recorded and will soon be edited into smaller modules to be shared via the Dalet Learning Management System.
Preparation is key, especially if you are teaching a hands-on course, where students need to configure complex operations such as AI-powered workflows. Test all aspects of course, be it the LMS, the AWS Instance and, of course, that all students know the course prerequisites.
We also learnt that for online training:
All in all, we felt that remote training can lead to better concentration and students in this course had better overall test results than those of previous in-person courses. During this first fully online remote course, we proved that even very complex subjects can be efficiently taught remotely.
We do not know how long this global crisis will go on for, but as remote working and secluded living takes hold across our countries and the industry, we begin to further appreciate human contact, activities to challenge the mind and tools that help us break the barriers of solitary work in a global company.
Joining a Dalet remote training course is a fantastic way of achieving all that.