Every year the school district sends a link to some video courses. It wasn’t one of the things I missed when I became a full-time writer. Now that I’m a substitute teacher, guess what?
I get a link to a bunch of video training classes and associate quizzes.
This year their were nine different classes. At least two of them were completely new. At least four of them I had taken at least ten times already.
But a refresher course is good, right?
As I clicked through the slides, scanning the classes I’d already taken, I wondered how much training I was really receiving.
Would I need to dispose of something blood-soaked while I was at the school? Did my knowledge of the homeless statistics and federal programs enable me to assist students?
In short—do these video training courses really train you?
So many statutes govern public education. And I don’t remember what year the privacy act went into effect. Or when concessions were made advocating special services for homeless students.
Why do I need to recall the year?
But that’s one of the quiz questions. Every. Time.
The district sends a link. An employee or substitute clicks through and verifies their personal information.
The next step is to open up the list of courses you’re required to watch and pass a quiz over. Because we all know, people would just run the videos and walk away from their computer if their wasn’t a quiz at the end.
Once the course has finished running, there is a link to the quiz. Quizzes are between 8 and 20 questions, with most of them being 10 questions.
Of course there are ways to shorten the time it takes to go through the courses.
I don’t listen to the narration. Even though I generally am an auditory learner, I’ve taken these courses often enough that just reviewing the information visually will help me pass the quizzes.
After all, do I really need to listen to someone reading the screens to me.
Failed Power Point presentation=when the presenter says exactly what’s on the screen.
You can take the quiz without watching any of the video. I did this with the blood-born pathogen class. After taking the same thing ten times, I think I know the answers. It was also only an 8-question test.
According to the time ratings on my courses, it should have taken me 210 minutes to complete all the videos. Using my shortcuts, I finished in around 100 minutes.
Still a colossal waste of time in my opinion.
Putting it in Practice
To answer the question, I think that video training courses benefit regular employees more than they do a substitute. (No, I’m not just saying this because I don’t want to take the classes.)
Daily interaction with homeless students and educational records make an employee aware that their are rules in place. They might even use some of the best practices if they have affected students in their classroom.
The truth is, if I witness bullying, I will step in and stop it. And I will report it. Because that’s who I am, not because I read a bunch of Power Point slides on the subject.
And, yes, I passed all the quizzes. I have to in order to substitute in the school district.
But I don’t think these videos make me more prepared. I still need to adopt a mindset of caring toward the students. This will involve daily choices when I’m on a job.
What do you think? Have you completed video training? Is it effective? How is it better/worse than in-person training sessions?
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