Because interactivity with the trainer (our classes are not dry lectures) and discussions are an important and intrinsic part of our teaching approach, we’ve long tracked development of technologies for online training, but previously were not satisfied.
High costs of various corporate offerings would negatively impact our pricing, given the relatively small scale use and our purposely small classes. The student system requirements would often be problematic – obviously students use different operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux) and we cannot prescribe that people use a particular OS.
Big Blue Button has long looked like it had the right potential, and it’s now developed to a point where were happy with it. For more tech and practical details, see our Interactive Online Training page.
After our successful trial runs, we have the following course modules scheduled in the next few weeks, others to follow soon:
- 25-26 Mar 2015: MariaDB 10.0 & MySQL 5.6 Upgrade and Features (AUD 195 + GST)
- 30 Mar – 2 Apr 2015: MySQL/MariaDB Backup, Recovery and Replication (incl Galera) Workshop (AUD 595 + GST)
The date ranges may appear a tad odd at first, but what we do is run each original day-module across two sessions over two days, in this case noon-3.30pm Sydney time. An online session has three 10 minute breaks.
As you can also see the pricing is pretty neat – we can do that since we control the infrastructure and obviously don’t have trainer travel, venue and catering to worry about. No travel hassles for you, either! You should find a quiet spot and try and not get interrupted.
All the interactivity, discussion and hands-on work is there as normal, Open Query provides the VMs – and students (and trainer) can access each other’s session, where needed. We’re pretty pleased with the set up.
Naturally we can also do custom training in this format – we do still offer on-site training as well.
For bookings, or if you’d like more information or have other questions, contact us today!