Over the last 2 days I have been on a course through work, and while its been nice to not have to travel to a venue and stay away. I have found that doing this at home has been quite hard. In the past I have always said I would rather do in person as you gain from talking to other delegates, this time it wasn’t practical due to the time till the next course, so I decided to try online.
I have found that due to the wide geographical spread and languages of delegates, that interaction has been through text a lot to the instructor. Its from these interactions that you get that discussion. I have also found that when there is a natural drop in your concentration you have to work really hard to come back into he virtual room.
Being at home itself has been fine as I have been managed to isolate myself from the house, even being on CET rather than GMT wasn’t a problem, and meant i got chance to catch up on a few work things before 5pm.
This isn’t to say that I dont like this style, I have followed on line courses myself and never had an issue, I think what I’ve missed here is that interaction which I do believe you also learn from.
Also there are no free biscuits!
We all have those situations where everyone does a reply all to an email, constantly flooding your inbox. This is normally worse when you have been away on holiday or out of the office. So imagine the situation at Microsoft currently where over 11,000 people were caught on a reply all storm.
Business Insider reports that following someone changing the setting on the corporate GitHub account, everyone who had access received an email. People then started doing a reply all to that email, making the situation worse. Some people asked to be removed, others poked fun and others did a reply all asking people to stop doing a reply all.
This reminded me a little of a situation years ago, when a company I was at had a spate of large scale emails asking for things raking from Head Ache Tablets, to can you vote for my cousin who is a DJ at an awards. Consider it was a global company, this was far spread, until an email came from the HR department insisting it stop.