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Virtual Instructor-Led Training

ESI’s Virtual Classroom is training in a live, interactive online format and lets you communicate with instructors and fellow students via headset and text-chat.

Currently Available Courses:

Managing Projects ››
Programme Management ››
Rapid Assessment and Recovery of Troubled Projects ››
PMP Exam Power Preparation ››

The virtual classroom courses are fully equivalent to traditional classroom course, carry the same PDU’s, teach to exactly the same learning objectives, and require the same amount of "seat time".

How ESI’s Virtual Instructor-Led Training Works

Communication - Students can communicate effectively with the instructor and other attendees instantly via headset and text-chat. You can ask questions and still experience group breakout sessions, activities and discussions.

Interactive Tools - Polling questions, surveys, quiz questions and games spark discussion and reinforce key learning points while markup tools and whiteboards allow you to brainstorm and share experiences.

Breakout Rooms – Much like in a traditional ESI classroom you will be divided into groups via virtual breakout rooms to collaboratively solve case studies and complete exercises.

Offline Homework – You complete homework assignments and exercises outside of the classroom to help them further retain and apply new information and prepare for the final exam.

Reinforcement Tools - During and after the course, you can access valuable tools, templates, readings, reference material and homework assignments. After the course, you can listen to recorded modules to review information.

 

Benefits of ESI’s Virtual Instructor-Led Training Experience:

Consistency - Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) courses are, just like our traditional classroom courses, making it easy to seamlessly blend VILT courses into your current training program.

Flexible, time- and cost-effective - Attend from the comfort of your home or office, and save on travel time and expenses.

Recorded Clips - All VILT courses are recorded and saved as media files. Students have access to these for up to 12 months after completing their training.

Gain PDUs - Just like our traditional classroom courses, you collect the same number of PDUs by attending our virtual classroom training courses, and the course content is the same.

Certificates Can Be Earned Virtually

VILT courses can be applied toward a number of industry-recognized certificates from ESI and The George Washington University. We offer a number of certificates that can be earned entirely online:

  • Associates and Masters Certificate in Project Management
  • Associates and Masters Certificate in Business Analysis
  • Masters Certificate in Program Management

Virtual Classroom FAQs

What is the virtual classroom?
ESI’s Virtual Classroom is where students can attend a fully instructor-led, live class session completely online. Using Centra’s virtual classroom platform, students attend sessions together in real-time online where in addition to hearing instructor lectures, they participate in group discussion, interactive exercises, and team work – just like in the “brick and mortar” classroom.

Do I need special software to participate?
No. ESI’s virtual classroom runs on both Mac and Windows operating systems. However, there are settings on your computer that may need to be adjusted to fully access the platform. You can tell if your computer is ready by accessing a quick and easy system check provided by Centra.

Do I need special equipment to participate?
Besides a computer, the only equipment you need to participate is an inexpensive headset with microphone readily available in most computer and electronics stores. This is required so you can listen to the instructor and other students and speak to them as well.

How is the audio portion of the class provided?
ESI’s Virtual Classroom uses “Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP)” so there is no need to dial into a separate telephone conference. Audio is transmitted directly over the internet through your computer.

Is the virtual classroom course fully equivalent to its traditional classroom counterpart?
Yes. Both versions carry the same PDU’s, teach to exactly the same learning objectives, and require the same amount of “seat time.”

What is the schedule for the Virtual Classroom?
Schedules vary. They may mirror the schedule for face-to-face delivery, or in four different schedule lengths of 1-, 2-, 4-, and 6-week durations where the course is broken out into 90-minute modules with a maximum of three modules scheduled on a single day.

Is any offline homework required?
Yes. There are short reading assignments and exercises between some of the modules. Homework assignments are reviewed as a group during the next online session.

What is the attendance policy for ESI’s Virtual Classroom?
Just as with ESI’s traditional classroom events, students are expected to attend all sessions to receive course credit. However, you may miss up to 90 minutes without having to make-up that material. Students may miss a total of 3 hours and still receive course credit, as long as they access the session recording and log-in for the entire session’s length. Missing more than 3 hours requires attending the entire course again to receive course credit.

How are course materials provided?
All course materials are provided online available for download to your computer or for printing. Course materials are available prior to the start of your course, as soon as you receive an email from ESI with your log-in information for your specific session.

Are course sessions recorded and available after class?
Yes. All sessions are recorded and available for unlimited playback up to one year after the class concludes.

Is there a final exam and if so, how is it administered?
Yes. Most courses have a final exam. For those that do, you must correctly answer 18 out of 25 questions on the final exam, in addition to meeting the attendance requirements. The final exam will be administered in the virtual classroom platform immediately following the last module of the course, unless special arrangements have been made. You will have one hour to complete the exam and will learn your score immediately upon completion.

System Requirements

Internet Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Requirements

Headset, including microphone. We will be using VoIP, so you will need a microphone in order to speak. Here are some things to look for in a headset:

  • USB (no computer sound card required) or analog (if you have a good computer sound card)
  • Noise-canceling microphone (unidirectional is ideal)
  • Comfort
  • Long cord (at least 6 feet so you have room to move around)

You should be able to purchase a suitable microphone inexpensively either online or through any store that sells electronic equipment.

See if the Virtual Classroom can run on your computer:
Centra Systems Check

Windows System Requirements

  • Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista (Note: Microsoft Vista is offered limited support)
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 SP2, Netscape 9, Firefox 2.0.0.6 or later
  • T1, cable, DSL, or equivalent Internet connection
  • P350+ MHz, 256 MB memory
  • Screen Resolution: 800x600 (Preferred 1024 x 768)
  • 16-bit color display or better
  • ActiveX Controls and VBScript must be enabled
  • Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 5.0 or higher
  • Adobe Flash Player, version 9 or higher

Apple System Requirements

  • Mac OS/X 10.4.4, 10.5.x
  • Safari 2.0.1, FireFox 2.0.0.6 or later
  • T1, cable, DSL, or equivalent Internet connection
  • G4 700 MHz PowerPC, 384 MB memory
  • Display color depth: Thousands of colors
  • ActiveX Controls and VBScript must be enabled
  • Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 5.0 or higher
  • Adobe Flash Player, version 9 or higher

Linux System Requirements

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop Version 9 or 10
  • Red Hat Linux Enterprise Desktop Version 5
  • Mozilla FireFox 2.x and 3.x
  • P500+MHz, 256+MB Memory
  • 1024x768 16-bit color display or better
  • ActiveX Controls and VBScript must be enabled
  • Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 5.0 or higher
  • Adobe Flash Player, version 9 or higher