For many years, instructor-led training was the only available option for students seeking to learn. In recent years, e-learning has become another method of learning. Both methods provide value to students. E-learning educates students on specific, concise topics at a much lower cost than instructor-led training. However, e-learning does not fit every learning situation.
AltaSim trains our students to solve problems using COMSOL Multiphysics through instructor-led training provided in our classroom or delivered via the web. In both cases, the training is live and led by an instructor. We believe that this approach to training provides significant benefits, because COMSOL Multiphysics solves highly complex problems. For these types of problems, having a live instructor has proven to be extremely valuable to our students. In our classes, highly skilled instructors answer our student’s difficult questions with detailed answers backed up by 10+ years of experience. Our instructors use COMSOL Multiphysics every day to solve difficult problems for our clients. In addition, they have extensive experience translating that learning into their teaching.
We have also observed the power of learning in a classroom. Students learn from each other through their interactions in the classroom, and by hearing answers to other student’s questions. In our advanced classes, the students are all working in similar physics (e.g., CFD, RF, acoustics), and the cross pollination of ideas has been powerful.
Our students are typically high-value employees of their companies, and instructor-led training is an excellent investment in these employees. They feel valued by being able to attend high-quality training, and the training helps them be more efficient and effective in their problem solving.
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Training & Teaching Helps Us Grow
One of the Core Values we keep coming back to is #6 – “Courage of our Convictions.” Taking into consideration our other Core Values, we understand it is a fine line we walk when we communicate confidence in our authority to operate our business and act boldly to grow the business and serve our customers. Simply saying “we want to serve our customers” does not really mean anything unless we back it up with actions. That is precisely why we dig around and look for COMSOL Tips & Tricks to share often – monthly if possible. In case you missed them, below are several links you can use to access previously shared Tips & Tricks. Our desire is that you would benefit and grow in your ability to solve using COMSOL Multiphysics®.
Using the Free Tetrahedral
New in v5.0-Parametric Sweeps
Built In Capabilities
Stress and Strain Variables
And clicking on any one of these links will give you access to our complete Archives… so help yourself.
But we know that Tips & Tricks is not enough, and since we use COMSOL everyday in our own consulting work, we continue to look for ways to blend our experience with our desire to see others thoroughly trained in the use of COMSOL. In fact, we want to utilize our expertise to help others become experts. As a result, we humbly share our 6-Month COMSOL Training Calendar as another option for you to go deeper and grow better skills in solving. The link below represents the Training Classes we offer over the next six months.
Six Month Training Calendar
If you have any questions whatsoever about any of these classes regarding content, instructors, desired outcomes, etc, we welcome your inquiry. You can use the “Training Inquiries” form on our COMSOL Training page, send an email to email@example.com, or call us at (614) 861-7015.
One thing we know – we grow when we help you grow!
Training – Do You YouTube?
Experts agree… more than 1 Billion unique users visit YouTube each month. YouTube reached the 1 Billion videos served mark back in 2009. In 2011, there were an estimated 1 trillion total YouTube views. There are now about 6 Billion hours of video watched each month and about 100 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute. So there’s a good chance you are using YouTube as well, maybe for entertainment or information or even “expert” opinion through videos, tutorials and lectures.
If you go there for your training do you trust all the “experts” who easily flash stuff up and get paid by Google when people click on the rolling ads along the side? How do you determine who has real expertise to convey and who doesn’t? We highly encourage you to develop a “YouTube Criteria for Really Good Training” before relying on all the Training related videos that are available
We all know that YouTube is really good at what it does– in fact it is a complete game changer – but we also recognize that it does have limitations, and some of those relate to training as there are aspects that leave “trainees” short in certain areas. The question that each individual has to answer is “How good do I want to be?” Let’s pretend you want to get really good, like Olympic Athlete good, at Multiphysics Computational Analysis. You can search YouTube for that and perhaps learn enough to get started. You can make use of online communities for advice and yet, when you get stuck and the videos only take you so far what do you do? Where do you turn for help? At this point top performers, the Olympic athletes of the Multiphysics Computational Analysis world, would recognize that you need to find an expert and coach to help you past your roadblock. Through their own experience and that of their circle of coaches and advisors they can suggest alternative approaches, challenge you to look at things differently and allow you to expand your capabilities.
Yes, there are just as many Do-it-Yourselfers (DIYers) in our industry as there are in other industries. What do DIYers do when they get stuck? If they are Olympic caliber, they do not quit; they go find help. Our encouragement in light of YouTube is to utilize YouTube as much as you can and care to while having the support network of a real, live human training person (coach) you can turn to when you get stuck… or better yet, before you get struck. Remember, even the Olympic Athlete trains on his or her own quite often, but they also touch base on aregular schedule with a coach… a real, live, human coach.
Do you want to be an Olympic caliber Multiphysics Computational Analyst? Take a look at our course offerings.
Training – Should We or Shouldn’t We?
“What if we train them and they leave?”
“What if we don’t and they stay?”
Which kind of company mentality lends itself to top performers? According to one of the articles we ran across, Top Performers might actually want to stay and grow with more training.
What if we were to compare a Top Performer in our Multiphysics and Computational Analysis industry to an Olympic Athlete? Both are at the top of their game. Both are among the best at their chosen pursuit. Both are elite. And both have an interdependent approach to training… they do not have to keep training because they are already among the best at what they do, but they continue to choose additional training because they want to get better and better as long as they can get better and stay among the best at what they do as long as possible.
So when it comes to training, there appears to be a compelling reason to continue to invest in Top Performers – Top Performers want to get better… and better! And they want to stay if possible.
Here is our encouragement. People do not enter the Multiphysics and Computational Analysis Industry without proving that they are learners. In fact, looking at the total number of people in the world who do this type of work, we would have to make an educated guess and say that when it comes to learning, the people in this industry are at the top of their game. And those who want to get better and better as long as they can get better choose additional training. And then we see the Top Performers emerge – they start to stick out like an Olympic Athlete. We know the Top Performers in our industry are committed to, invested in, reliant on continued training.
Maybe we should consider this question instead… “What could happen if we train them and train them and train them… and they stay?”
Reasons for Training
“Training” is a big thing here at AltaSim. It is one of the ingredients that helps us grow. We like to think it is also the best way we can help our customers grow to become independent of their need for us. While we love repeat customers, we believe customers should have options for how much they depend on us. “Training” is one of those options. A click here and a click there and anyone can come up with a good list of reasons for Training. But we thought we would ask the question another way.
What happens to company growth and innovation and revenue futures if “Training” is cut and no one is growing any new skills? What happens 3 years from now if your organization has not invested in anyone, but others in your industry have?
At a time when budgets become tight and people are asked to do more with less, Training can be a big differentiators. We found various reasons for Training when we took a look online at various markets. Here are (just) five things you can expect as a result of investing in Training:
- Improved Productivity
- Decreased Turnover
- Enhanced Time to market
- Cost savings
- Increased Morale
But the question becomes… “Are these five things enough?”
So we thought we would give you some more questions (about Training) that will help you uncover deeper, more rooted reasons for heading down this path at all.
- Does Training force us to become more dependent or less dependent on outside resources?
- Is this Training class designed to be short-term dependence or long-term dependence?
- Can we see ourselves making progress to more independence as a result of our Training classes?
- Once we have become (more) independent as a result of Training, is that the end result?
- Through our Training Classes, can we progress to interdependence, and if so, what does that look like?
- Is that really where we want to go?
Our thought is that if we can help more people grow, then they will no longer be dependent on our services unless they want to be. Instead they will be independent, which will afford them the freedom to become interdependent to call on us and partner with us whenever they see the need and have the desire to do so. If we are any good at all, no one will need to remain dependent on us. We love the freedom of repeat customers who are now interdependent.