New Updates to 280 Group In-Person Product Management Training Courses
What the Pandemic Has Taught Us about Teaching and Learning
Over the past 18 months, the world has undergone tremendous change, and 280 Group is no different. We made large investments in our live online courses, to ensure a phenomenal learning experience, regardless of location. And we learned a lot in the process! So as the world opens back up again, how can we take those learnings, and make our in-person courses better than ever?
We started by focusing on the learning experience. For centuries, knowledge has been viewed like a fountain, where students come to drink in small increments, guarded by the arbiters of the knowledge. But in today’s fast-moving, always-connected world, information is everywhere. The unfortunate bit is that much of it is just clutter, outdated, or even incorrect! Sifting through piles of opinions can make it challenging to find the facts and data necessary to learning or honing any skill – especially in the field of product management, where moving quickly but intentionally is key.
In our view, teaching has become less like being that guardian of the fountain, and more like providing a practical filter. Consolidate the good information, in a format that is easy to understand, and perhaps most crucially – practice. That’s how skills are built and maintained.
Course Content & Pacing
When we pivoted to live online courses, we took the opportunity to re-imagine how we teach product management. Our newest Optimal Product Management and Digital Product Management courses now contain even more time spent with fellow students in exercises focused on solving real-world problems, guided by experienced instructors, who offer feedback in real-time. And the response has been phenomenal.
As a result, the live in-person courses we will begin offering this summer provide a whole new kind of experience – using digital tools like Litmos, Mural, and Mentimeter. These updates allow our instructors to provide interactive exercises with instant feedback, to help ensure you’re getting the most out of every course we offer. The result is an amplification of effect: learning in-person allows for easier, richer, real-time conversations, while digital tools give more freedom to explore, modify, and improve ideas rapidly.
Accessibility & Environmental Impact
Teaching from paper books and materials has a huge impact on our environment – and replacing these artifacts with digital counterparts has allowed us to reduce our carbon footprint, while also making the content consumable on screen readers, and the exercises much more accessible to differently-abled students. All while improving the learning experience for everyone.
Health & Safety
While we are excited to bring our courses to you in person again, your health and safety continue to be our highest priority. We will be offering live in-person courses in locations where local governments have approved the gathering of small groups, allowing for frequent breaks to accommodate recommended hand-washing and sanitation practices.
Our courses also have a renewed focus on ergonomics, as sitting for long periods of time can also be detrimental to our health. You will have plenty of opportunities to get up and move around, so come prepared to be active and engaged!
For the best experience, please bring a laptop computer running Windows 10 or macOS 10.9 (or later). You may also bring an iPad running iOS 12 or later. This will allow you to fully participate in the collaborative exercises, as well as take notes during the course.
If you’re excited by the prospect of in-person learning, join us in Austin, Texas in July for the re-launch of our Optimal Product Management course, using this exciting new model. And if you can’t make it this time, keep an eye out for more courses coming soon to your area!
About the Author
Robyn Brooks is a Strategic Advisor and Trainer at 280 Group.
She has over a decade of experience in Product Management and Product Marketing, primarily in the EdTech and B2B SaaS Software domains. She is passionate about closing the empathy gap with customers and incorporating measurable feedback into the product management process. 280 Group is the world’s leading Product Management training and consulting firm. We help companies and individuals do GREAT Product Management and Product Marketing using our Optimal Product Process™.