JMP Training is converting more of its courses to the Live Web format as an alternative way for us to deliver, and for you to receive, our offerings. The material is exactly the same as the material that we use in the classroom version of the course, but the Live Web environment demands that each course be designed to enhance the interactions during class and minimize the distractions of technology. The only way to know if we are successful is to let you try it and then hear what you have to say about your experience.
If you have joined a class of students in one of our training centers, then imagine trying to deliver the same quality and experience over the Internet. Instead of sitting at a student computer in our training room, face-to-face with an instructor and fellow students, you sit at your computer and receive the presentation through a Web browser and telephone. You are also given a Virtual Lab with JMP and the course examples, which is accessible through the same browser in parallel with the presentation. You can only view one thing at a time, though, either the presentation or the lab, so we have to be careful about things like set up and transitions.
The differences between the classroom and the Live Web environments are significant enough that we conduct a test teach class after the conversion. You can think of it as a "dress rehearsal," in which everything is ready and in its final form. In this way, we can use the student evaluations and other forms of feedback to make any final changes before the first public class is offered.
Would you like to try it? In addition to other JMP instructors and SAS employees, we include a small number of customers in the test teach class so that we get the broadest range of opinions and comments possible. If you would like to participate, then please let us know!
The next test teach class is for Custom Design of Experiments, which spans four half-day sessions. The sessions will be held at 1:00-5:00 PM EDST on April 30, May 1, and May 4-5, 2009. This offer is extended to you on a first come, first serve basis. Send your request to Heath Rushing, Manager of the Design Institute for Six Sigma and the JMP Training Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 531-2248.
UPDATE: This looks like it will be an extremely popular Live Web course, as evidenced by the overwhelming response to my offer yesterday alone. More people responded than we can actually put in a test teach class, so this offer is now closed. Thanks for your interest!