For some, change can be daunting. Especially when you are changing a tradition that has been around for hundreds of years. Nonetheless, here is our attempt at dispelling some of the myths surrounding remote learning.

24 March 2020

Some are sceptical about the usefulness of remote training - and rightly so. Traditional learning has been made up of classroom-based learning for over a millennium with the first school in England being established in 597AD.

Technology is currently in the process of changing that tradition and the need for that change has been sped up exponentially as a result of Coronavirus. Many educational settings have adapted to this change by shifting their learning programmes online, the FIA has done exactly that and we are excited to provide this innovative solution to the fire industry at this uncertain time.


Myth 1: Online courses are quick and easy

Remote training requires the same amount of involvement as a face-to face training. It is based on the same syllabus. Our online courses require the same amount of time as a traditional course and are just as rigorous and challenging as face-to-face training. Take your time to get organised to be fully focused and engaged when you are participating in remote training so that you don’t miss anything. There is no one to hold you accountable for online coursework but yourself and these courses still require work.

Myth 2: There are no time limits 

In terms of curriculum, the FIA remote training qualifications are done in the same time as the classroom-based training.

Myth 3: They’re lower quality than traditional classes 

Some think that remote training is not the same standard as our classroom-based training. Whilst, there are certainly differences, the difference in quality is a huge myth that needs to be questioned. At the FIA we have taken particular care to ensure that our online courses are accessible and formatted in a functional manner similar to that of our classroom training. They are highly organized to ensure the transition to remote learning is as seamless as possible and student satisfaction remains high.

Myth 4: The instructor doesn’t actually teach 

While some may assume there is less interaction in remote training as a result of it being taught online, our instructors still put a great effort towards engaging with the class and are able to do so through technological tools at their disposal. Our online courses are a live, interactable and unique learning experience where you can hear and see your trainer as they teach the lesson in real-time. All trainers have dedicated their time to design the course to be fit for an online environment.

Myth 5: You must be good with computers 

Yes, you do need to possess some basic computer skills for online learning, that includes connecting to the internet and navigating a browser. However, the FIA provides instructions prior to the training course on how to use the remote training platform. Your trainer is also great resources to turn to if you ever have questions or problems with the assignments and activities throughout your course.  What’s more, to aid the fire industry in changing the way we learn, as a result of the impacts of Coronavirus, the FIA have trained members of staff to be able to assist students in real-time during this temporary transition to remote learning.

Myth 6: Online courses are far easier 

Some believe that remote learning is an easy alternative to a typical course held in a traditional classroom; therefore, some believe that online training is not as credible or recognised by the industry. This is simply not true! FIA online courses are at the same level of rigour and upon completion of an exam, you will be receiving the same certificate or qualifications as in the face-to-face class. Industry and the employers will respect and notice your efforts in taking the time to further your education and professional knowledge and skills in your field. 


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