As the world changes and adapts to the “new normal”, with periods of lockdowns, travel restrictions and limitations, we see schools, colleges and universities moving education online. The FNP recognises the importance of embracing appropriate and effective online training within the nail industry. This is essential in order to continue driving our industry forward. It has been proven that excellent results can be achieved from online nail courses, whilst offering positive opportunities for people to focus on, throughout times of great uncertainty. Online platforms offer a virtual classroom environment with excellent views of demonstrations and working areas, offering educators the opportunity to focus on their students’ work in great detail and also giving the students clear, close up views of all demonstrations.
Of course, as with any training, there are appropriate methods and inappropriate methods of online learning and there are many important factors to consider prior to embarking in online education. Here are some important things to look for an online class or course.
Beginners training or advanced new skills training
Practical aspects of the training should be carried out in a virtual classroom environment, on an online platform where the educator and students are visible on camera (for example Zoom or Microsoft Teams). All students must have a clear and close-up view of the Educator’s screen for practical demonstrations. The Educator must have a clear view of the student’s hands and working area whilst they are completing their practical. This gives the Educator the opportunity to view the student’s work closely, so that they can assist with brush angles and filing techniques throughout the course.
When selecting an educator, it’s important to feel comfortable with them. They should offer support throughout the duration of the course and ideally afterwards. It is so important that feedback is provided on the completion of all practical work and case studies, with clear direction on how to improve. Pre-recorded video demonstrations are a great aid for practicing and completing case studies, but they should not be used in place of the virtual classroom. Courses should all conclude with assessments, these can be carried out on submission of case studies, theory knowledge checks and in the virtual classroom. Check these things with your potential course provider before you book with them.
Nail art courses
This style of course is suitable for virtual classroom or for pre-recorded videos, as students would already have their underpinning/foundation knowledge. This is a great time for developing and furthering skills.
Prior to booking any training it is crucial to do your due diligence! Checking the course content, the delivery methods, the educator’s credentials, and the company that are offering the course. Also ensure that your insurance provider will accept online certification. Don’t book anything before you are sure that the course satisfies your requirements.
The Future of Online Education
We must continue to move our industry forward in a positive and proactive way. If correctly delivered this method of training can produce excellent results and will enable the nail industry to continue to grow, develop and move with the times. We find ourselves in unprecedented times, but it is important to come out of it better and stronger. Online training is not as simple as just pick up a course and move it online, but with the correct planning, equipment, and delivery methods it is a fabulous option for education within the nail industry. It is a great opportunity to use our time in lockdown in a constructive way.
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