[Baypiggies] [OT] Ideas for Plone training location?

Nathan Pease n8pease at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 28 22:56:17 CEST 2008

I have taken technical courses online:

I started working for my current employer in QA with no programming  
experience and have worked my way into software engineering.  As part  
of that process I took 3 online classes in C++ thru foothill college  
(they were each one quarter, about 3 months, long).  It worked really  
well for me.  The "lectures" were just web pages to read, there was a  
book we worked out of and there were weekly assignments that were to  
be turned in.  The most important part (arguably the part I paid for)  
was the user forums, where we could talk about the current coursework  
and get help from the instructor, and eachother.
If you set up a similar thing that was some number of weeks long and  
included forums for help with specific technical issues or questions,  
I think it could work quite well.


On Jun 28, 2008, at 1:40 PM, Donna Snow wrote:

> Hi Wesley,
> I'll message you offlist..but I wanted to respond onlist to address  
> a couple things I'm considering.
> Has anyone taken a technical course online? Did you find it as  
> satisfactory (or learn as much) as an in-person?
> What I'm thinking is that with gas being so expensive (and therefore  
> travel) that a well organized online training session might be a  
> better alternative? (just thinking out loud). My only concern would  
> be the chance for more technical issues on the user side and the  
> inability to figure out what the user is doing wrong and help them  
> through it. The session would be less expensive (no room rental, no  
> transportation. no provision of food..etc) but does an online  
> session seem less valuable than in person? Is it taken as seriously?
> Donna M. Snow
> On Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 1:13 PM, wesley chun <wescpy at gmail.com> wrote:
> >  > Does anyone know of a place I could rent with space for at  
> least 20
> >  > people? I'd probably hold the session in September. (I'm  
> investigating
> >  > possible locations on my own but wondered if anyone has  
> experience
> >  > with a particular location)
> donna,
> as a trainer myself, i'm aware of various places to hold technical
> sessions. pls write me off-list and discuss your needs, a real
> classroom or a hotel conf room, do you need computers with monitors,
> an OS already installed -- what OS, what version of Python (if any),
> and/or Plone, other software, the number of people expected, do you
> need a Kinkos close-by for material duplication, should it have a free
> shuttle to/from the airport, is providing food and drinks an option,
> your budget, etc.
> thx,
> -- wesley
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