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SANS vLive vs Onsite Training?

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matt81

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Post Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:58 pm

SANS vLive vs Onsite Training?

Hello,

I've taken onsite instructor lead SANS courses in the past and I'm thinking about taking my first vLIVE course. Has anyone ever taken a vLIVE course and would you recomend it?

Thanks,

matt
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Post Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:17 pm

Re: SANS vLive vs Onsite Training?

I've taken both. Each format has its strengths and weaknesses.

Live pros:
  • Networking opportunities
  • One on one access to the instructor
  • Natural language/body language
  • SANS @Night and other extracurricular activities

Live cons:
  • The most expensive way to train
  • Time away from your family
  • Lost productivity at work
  • The sheer amount of information thrown at you in 6 days' time

vLive pros:
  • Slow pace fosters more in depth understanding
  • Feeling of disconnectedness seems to make the students more willing to work together
  • Less expensive with no travel costs

vLive cons:
  • Evenings are shot on nights of the class
  • Less networking opportunities...there's only one class
  • Some topics can feel disjointed with the shorter class meetings

Edit: I meant to say that I would highly recommend the vLive format. I was weary at first, but after about week 1 I decided I really liked it!
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Post Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:37 am

Re: SANS vLive vs Onsite Training?

Ziggy,

Thanks for detailed response. I'm leaning towards the vLIVE right now.

Matt

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