The Incus Data Virtual Classroom

Don't want to travel?

We understand: travelling to a training venue, however great that venue, can be a problem.

Maybe you just don't have the time. Maybe it costs more money than your budget allows. Maybe you need to be able to do some work after the course, and the distance makes it impossible.

Don't put off your training because of the travelling. Just go virtual instead.

Attend where you are

A virtual classroom allows you to attend the live training sessions from wherever you are. You will hear the lecturer, see the whiteboard, and be able to ask questions and get answers.

How does it work?

We have a webcam and a microphone set up in our classroom. Software on the classroom machine allows us to stream the lecture live to you, so that you can hear and see the lecturer. You will also be able to see the whiteboard and any presentation or code that the lecturer wants to demonstrate.

You will also be able to (virtually) put up your hand if you need help, as well as ask the lecturer questions.

What you will need

You will need the following:

  • Good internet access.
  • A computer with the following:
    • Speakers or a headset. (Definitely a headset if you are at work.)
    • A microphone.
    • A webcam is useful, but not essential.
  • Two screens. You can manage with one screen, but two will definitely improve the experience.
  • The necessary software:
    • For the virtual experience, you just need a modern browser — preferably Google Chrome.
    • For the course itself, you will need the appropriate software. We will send you information links to the software that you need to download and install before the course starts. You will not need to pay for this.

We will send you detailed instructions before the course starts.

Is it as a good as being there?

Not quite. Some people might tell you it is the same experience, but let's be honest. If you've ever had a video chat with a friend — whether you use Skype or Hangouts or WhatsApp — you know it is not quite the same as being with that friend. You won't experience the same amount of interaction with other delegates, whether on your course or on other courses running at the same time. You won't get to over-indulge in our yummy cookies.

Most important of all: you will have to be more disciplined. It is entirely your responsibility to make sure that you attend all the sessions, pay attention, and do the exercises. To reduce bandwidth costs and lag-time, we do not advise that you broadcast your camera all the time, so we won't necessarily know if you are actually doing other work instead of paying attention. But that's your responsibility.