As a recent college graduate, I can say that I’ve had a fair share of online and “hybrid” classes. out of 126 hours for my degree, probably 15 of those hours were classes that were online. About 10 of those hours were “hybrid” classes. These hybrid classes meet half of the time in a classroom, and the other half of the class is an online component complete with exercises and assessments.
A lot of people undervalue online education. A lot of “old-school” learners think that the opportunity for academic dishonesty is too great and that there is no way to prove that the students’ work is actually their own. There are a number of secure failsafes that are put into place for online learning to ensure that the students are actually doing the work. Another issue is being able to use texts on assessments or quizzes.
My philosophy is that in the real world, there are hardly ever any times when you are left without any resources to help you out. It’s like giving a math exam and expecting the students to remember formulas. In the real world, no one really cares whether or not you use a “cheat sheet.” What matters is that the work gets done.
If you’re talking about hiring a group fitness instructor with an online certification, the best way to make sure that the program is actually legit and worthwhile is to check it out for yourself! As long as you know the quality of the education, it shouldn’t matter where the certification came from.
There is always a “social” component to this as well. In a world where everyone insists on texting and email and the like, it’s easy to forget how to communicate face-to-face. A classroom can teach you that, the internet cannot, not even with skype or something similar to that–it’s simply not the same.
There is more to being a fitness instructor than having a great knowledge base. Of course, everyone has to start somewhere. I’m a firm believer in investing in employees. Companies usually seek out only those with experience. These companies can miss out on great opportunites when it comes to hiring. If you hire someone with experience, you’re taking just as much a gamble as if you hired someone without experience. Someone who is used to doing something a certain way might find it difficult to adjust to the new demands. If you hire someone without experience, you can train that individual to do the job in the way that you, the boss, want it done.
What matters is heart. Hiring managers have lost sight of that these days. If someone’s heart is in what they’re doing, you can almost never go wrong hiring that individual. People who love what they’re doing will give better results than those who don’t enjoy their jobs.
Internet certification? As long as the program is nationally accredited, why not!