PPI Live-Online™

Virtual systems engineering training

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All of PPI’s training is available via PPI Live-Online™ and delivered to match local time zones worldwide. You can be confident that online training delivered by PPI will be very effective. Delegate ratings for our PPI Live-Online™ delivered training are consistently 9s and 10s.

"Great use of the available techniques (whiteboard, breakout rooms, room for discussion)” - delegate, United Kingdom, PPI Live-Online

“Great session. Loved the interaction” - delegate, North America, PPI Live-Online

“Workshops are excellent ways of learning the new techniques” - delegate, United Kingdom, PPI Live-Online

“Very good and interactive” - delegate, Europe, PPI Live-Online

Two-way video between training leader and learner is important. The PPI training leader uses facial expressions and other body language as cues to engage with the learner in a variety of ways. The posture of the learner, in taking notes or in reading, controls pauses for any note-taking, and of course, discussion is a normal mode.

In fact, the two most effective training delivery modes are physical delivery, and online delivery in which each learner has a dedicated screen and flexible video/audio connection with the training leader and with other delegates.

Virtual breakout rooms are magic for the many workshops and exercises. Functionality for workshops includes full audio, video, and screen share capabilities within the team assigned to each breakout room, together with screen-based drawing and text functionality associated with the delivery platform. Delegates may also use the applications on their own computers for workshop activities, and share their work real-time if desired. The training leader regularly visits and engages with each group in a breakout room. The team working in a breakout room can also call the training leader to the room at any time.

All PPI online training comes with a money-back guarantee, so you have everything to gain, and nothing to lose. Register now!

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PPI Live-Online™ Training:

  • Saves time and money travelling to a training facility or conference venue.
  • Provides live hands-on, instructor-led training by industry leaders that is highly practical and always relevant.
  • Brings the classroom to you in real-time, at work or at home.
  • Our training has received accolades from many of the world’s leading companies for its high value-adding, practical and original content.
  • Maintains the high degree of learning for which PPI’s contact training is renowned. This learning is achieved through a high degree of interaction between facilitator and learners, and between learners. We use exercises, quizzes, workshops and many other engagement techniques to achieve the high level of learning.
  • Provides continuous opportunity to ask questions of the facilitator during the live training session.
  • Provides opportunities to chat, discuss issues and compare experiences with other participants during scheduled breaks.

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1. Register 

Complete our easy registration for your desired course. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with further details on how to prepare for your course, and instructions for connecting into the course on the day.

2. Setup 

Before your course begins you will be able to download your class files, print any required documents and install where needed and configure conferencing software on your device/s.

3. Trial connection.

You will receive by email an invitation to a trial connection event on a specified date and time a few days before the course. Contact us if you cannot make the trial connection event; we will do our best to work out an alternative time for you to connect to make sure everything is working correctly.

If you run into any trouble, don’t worry, we can help.

4. Join your course 

On the day, during the thirty minutes before the scheduled start time of your course, you will connect into your virtual Zoom conference room, be greeted by your facilitator, chat with other learners, and at the scheduled time commence your learning.

  • Live expert instruction: The class is intended for online delivery. Everyone in your class including your facilitator is connected via a live web conference facility (Zoom for open courses, by arrangement for in-house training).
  • Courseware: Paid-up and approved-account delegates will receive, in advance, high-quality versions of the course materials in an electronic/digital format. Model solutions for the many workshops will be provided electronically and discussed online during the course, for most workshops aided by shared graphics.
  • Desktop sharing: Gives learners an up-close view of a facilitator-controlled learning desktop to illustrate and help understanding of concepts, receive workshop instructions, share and discuss workshop results with the facilitator, and discuss notes and diagrams drawn real-time by the facilitator in dialog with learners.
  • Visibility of participants: Learners and the facilitator will normally be able to see each other, the person speaking is visible to everyone else. Learners with a low-speed internet connection may use an option to disable this facility, as may the facilitator.
  • Document sharing: The facilitator is able to share PDFs and other files that learners can download, view and use in real-time or in the future.
  • Discussions: Learners can “raise their hand” virtually to get the facilitator’s attention.
  • Breakout Rooms: Learners can work in teams, ask questions and have a private discussion with the facilitator.

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Q. Do I need anything other than my computer with Zoom installed, and an internet connection?

Unless you are viewing the presentation in a room on a large screen as a member of a group (which can be made to work, but is not an ideal configuration for learning), you will need a computer with a screen size of at least 14 inch, and you will need a working camera, either integral to the computer or separately connected. For audio, you may use computer audio and video, or you may prefer to use a headset headphones for improved voice quality. If you use a headset, you should check that it is set up correctly and the headset is working. You will be provided with audio connection and check-out instructions for Windows and Mac.

An ideal configuration would be to use an additional monitor with your computer, but this is not necessary.

We recommend that you maintain a cellphone, landline, Skype, or WhatsApp link at hand, capable of accepting domestic and international calls. We will ask you in the registration process for the number. Should you experience an internet or power failure, this may be used to dial-in to course audio while the failure persists.

You should also have some means of taking notes and drawing diagrams. For efficiency of time, an A4 or Letter size notepad may be best for notes.

Q. Do I need to download software to participate?

Normally yes, you should download Zoom on your chosen device/s, if you do not already have Zoom on your device. A free download and installation from https://zoom.us/download will provide the functionality that you need. The whole process to set up a free Zoom account takes about 6 minutes. You can then join the course by clicking on the link provided in a joining instruction provided to you by email.

It is also possible to join using a web browser without downloading software: https://zoom.us/join. However, you will need to manually enter a meeting ID and password, also provided in the joining instruction provided to you by email. This approach for the duration of the course can be somewhat tedious.

Q. Is the Zoom platform secure?

Zoom has added a number of features to its platform to ensure that classrooms are secure. Communication is end-to-end encrypted. See https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/privacy-and-security.html. PPI is following best practises to ensure the security of our virtual classrooms including requiring a password to ensure that only permitted guests join the class. The password is included in the link URL provided as a part of joining instructions, and is also provided separately for joining the course manually. Should a password be compromised, your facilitator has manual control over admission to and barring from the course, and has visibility at all times as to who is participating.

A waiting room facility may also be used from time to time at the discretion of your facilitator.  

Q. How will I participate and receive assistance?

Using a microphone/headset or computer audio, you can listen to and speak with your facilitator, while normally being able to see each other and other learners, so getting involved is really easy. Simply ask a question using your microphone, or alternatively, if you prefer to raise questions or comments to your facilitator via text-based chat or email, you can do that too. You choose whether your chat is to the group, to the facilitator, or to another learner. You can also send a number of signals to your facilitator.

Q. What if the location from which I want to participate is private?

No problem. As long as you set up a (free) Zoom account, you can replace your real background with a virtual background, You may easily choose from a number of Zoom-provided backgrounds, or you may provide your own background. We have seen the Golden Gate Bridge, and the terrain of Mars!

Q. How do Breakout Rooms Work?

Zoom Breakout Rooms are magic. Many of the workshops in your course will be team-based. Your facilitator will assign you to a team in a numbered breakout room. In that breakout room, you will be able to converse with your team members by video, audio and text chat. You will be able to share screens, call your facilitator, and use Zoom-based drawing aids. Your facilitator can visit your team, advise, and will very likely do so.

Q. Must we use Zoom for In-House Courses?

Zoom is our default platform for live-online in-house training delivery. But we appreciate that some corporate clients may not wish, or be able, to use Zoom. The delivery platform for in-house delivery is negotiable in these circumstances. We have experience with deliveries using CISCO WebEx, Adobe Connect, and DingTalk. However, if you need us to use an alternative delivery platform for in-house training, at least one week’s notice is needed. The representations made by PPI regarding quality of learning and participant feedback apply only to Zoom-based deliveries, unless clearly identified as applying to other delivery platforms. We will work with your IT personnel to find the best training delivery solution possible, and learning outcomes to which we can commit.

You may find that your platform is interoperable with Zoom. Check with your platform provider, or contact us.

Q. Can I use applications on my computer during the training?

Yes. And you may find it beneficial to do so for workshops, particularly if you have drawing applications such as Visio or OmniGraffle, or model-based systems engineering software applications, installed. A separate monitor can be particularly useful in these circumstances.

Q. Can I leave during the training?

Yes. You may leave at any time at your discretion. You may also mute audio and blank video at your discretion. If you are intending to be away for more than a few minutes, we ask that you let your facilitator know. You may do this privately using text chat if you prefer.

Q. Do I need to have video on all the time?

We ask that you have video on during the training, unless you have bandwidth problems, or need video off for some specific reason. Video contributes greatly to a high level of interaction with your facilitator and with other learners.

Q. Is the course pre-recorded training videos?

No, our Live-Online training is not pre-recorded training videos.

Each course provides live training delivered by our expert facilitators in real-time. With our Live-Online training, you will be in the classroom virtually, you will see and hear the facilitator, view course graphics, take notes, interact with the facilitator, ask questions, hear other learners’ questions, interact with other learners and take part in the many workshops as a member of a workshop team of typically three or four people.

Q. Do I need anything other than my computer with Zoom installed, and an internet connection?

Your computer will need to have a working camera. For audio, you may use computer audio and video, or you may prefer to use headphones.

We recommend that you maintain a cellphone, landline, Skype, or WhatsApp link at hand, capable of accepting domestic and international calls. We will ask you in the registration process for the number. If you use a headset, you should check that it is set up correctly and the headset is working.

You should also have some means of taking notes and drawing diagrams. For efficiency of time, an A4 or Letter size notepad will probably be best.

Q. Where is the course facilitator located?

The facilitator delivers the training course live from one of our studios worldwide.

Q. How will I participate and receive assistance?

Using a microphone/headset or computer audio, you can listen to and speak with your facilitator, while normally being able to see each other and other learners, so getting involved is really easy. Simply ask a question using your microphone, or alternatively, if you prefer to raise questions or comments to your facilitator  via chat or email, you can do that too.

Q. Are there any setup requirements for my computer?

do that too. The computer needs to route: 1. the audio input from the microphone, and 2. the audio output to the headphones. The setup is: Windows
  • Plug in the headset
  • Click on the small speaker icon at the right of the Task Bar. If it’s not there, click the upward-facing arrowhead that opens the System Tray
  • Choose the headset by name.
Mac
  • Plug in the headset
  • Apple menu > System Preferences
  • Choose Output and select the headset
  • Choose Input and select the headset

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