Course Delivery Methods

What is the difference between Live Online, On-Demand and In-Person courses?

Live Online

Live Online is instructor-led training. Class will be held using a video conference software and will deliver live, instructor training at a scheduled time and date.

On-Demand

On-Demand is driven by ‘you’ the learner and allows you to self-pace through the material with Open Office Discussion Hours to supplement your learning, completed at your convenience. On-Demand is a blend between instructor-led and independent, self-paced learning. The On-Demand course supports the following StudyBuddy pattern: read 1 Module at a time on your own, complete an exercise, and then meet with a StudyBuddy to review before moving to the next Module.

In-Person

In-Person courses are currently not being offered due to COVID-19. However, this type of course is facilitator led, and completed in two 8-hour days at a designated time and date, and learning site (typically a hotel conference room).

 

Use this comparison table to compare and contrast the 3 course formats:  

Live Online
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On-Demand
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In-Person
None Scheduled
Pace This facilitator led course is complete in two 8 hour days This course does not follow a set schedule but needs to be completed within a year. The quickest pace for this course is 2 weeks This facilitator-led course is complete in two 8 hour days
Assignments Will be completed before course end Must complete each assignment/quiz before moving on to next Module Will be completed before course end
StudyBuddy Group work with small breakout room sessions with the other students taking this course Remote StudyBuddy sessions – you can work with the same StudyBuddies throughout OR partner with new ones each Module. StudyBuddy can be someone from class or outside of class In person group work with the other students taking this course
Office Hours Not needed as this course is facilitator lead Must complete 4 Open Office Discussion Hours with the trainer Not needed as this course is facilitator lead

 

FAQ

What is On-Demand?

On-Demand is a blended approach of both instructor-led and independent, self-paced learning. As a learner, you can find your own rhythm and you choose how fast you go. There is no expectation of how fast you will complete the course. The On-Demand course supports the following StudyBuddy pattern: read 1 Module at a time on your own, complete an exercise, and then meet with a StudyBuddy to review before moving to the next Module. On-Demand is like reading a book, you read when you want and take as long as you want. However, there is an overall time limit for our On-Demand courses of one year that will require a formal approval to exceed.

What is Live Online?

Live Online refers to training done when the learner and the instructor are in separate locations. We use video conferencing technology to deliver Live Instructor interactions and pre-recorded content.

What are the requirements for Live Online courses?

All participants must have a microphone, webcam, internet and web browser.

How will I get all the required materials?

We will provide all materials required for the class electronically prior to class. Physical copies of the Scrum Books are also available for purchase to reference during and after class if you prefer a physical copy.

How are Live Online classes being delivered?

Trainers will use a common video conference tool like Zoom, Google Hangouts or Webex to facilitate classes. All students are required to participate using their microphone and webcam. A video conference account is not required.

What is the deadline for completing On-Demand courses?

We expect you to be finished within a year of starting, though that is not a hard, fast rule – there could be exceptions for extenuating circumstances.

What is the style of On-Demand courses? How long does it take to complete?

There are 13 Modules to complete and 4 Open Discussion hours you must attend.

  • Fastest On-Demand: A fast pace would be two weeks for completion. You need to attend four Open Discussion Hours, and we are each planning to have two available per week.
  • Quick On-Demand: If you want to be quick, it makes sense to do it in a month. Do 3-4 modules a week, and attend an Open Discussion Hour each week.
  • Typical On-Demand: A typical path would be to spend 3 months on this, doing one module a week. During this period, attend four Office Hours as you can.
  • Minimum On-Demand: We expect you to be finished within a year of starting, though that is not a hard, fast rule – a formal exception to exceed 1 year for extenuating circumstances can be made.

The typical Module includes 20-60 minutes of reading (depending on your reading speed), and a multiple-choice quiz. After you complete these, you need to work with 1-2 StudyBuddies to discuss the chapter, help ‘grade’ the quiz, and do a scenario-based exercise. In order to complete the module your StudyBuddy must verify that you completed the module. No restart of the quiz is required if you get a question incorrect, but a StudyBuddy review of your answers is essential to understanding the material.

I need to attend 4 Open Discussion Hour sessions to get certified. How do I schedule this session?

We have a regularly posted schedule of Open Discussion Hours that will be posted at the time of your registration. There will be a link to a calendar so that you can find and attend a session. During the Open Discussion Hour with the trainer, you will have an opportunity to get questions answered and discuss the material.

Is the certification you get after completing the course (CSM, CSPO, or A-CSM) the same whether the course was taught Live Online, On-Demand, or In-Person?

Yes, once you complete the A-CSM, CSM, or CSPO course, no matter what the course delivery method is, we will submit you to the Scrum Alliance and you will be certified.

Who can be a study buddy for On-Demand classes?

Anyone! You can use students from the class or a StudyBuddy can be anyone outside of class with Scrum experience. If you are using a student in class as a StudyBuddy, they do not need to be on the same Module as you either.