Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Continuing Education Class Falls Short

My local board, the West Maricopa County Board of Realtors, recently began offering continuing education classes online. I need a few more credit-hours before I renew my license, so I was excited to learn about this new format. I took my first online class yesterday.

Since I wasn't sure what the format was going to be, and how long it was going to take, I wanted to take a class on a subject I was already very familiar with. I also thought it would be neat to see what the Board is trying to teach its members in this area. My class was titled "Internet 101". There were positives and negatives about the class:

The Good: The class only took 90 minutes, compared with the typical 4 hours (including travel).

The Bad: Where do I start?

1. This was a class on the internet – a technology which changes at the speed of Moore's Law. But the class was written in 2003!! No mention of the word Blog. And their advice for building a successful website is completely obsolete.

2. Buying a new computer? It better meet these standards:

I just wrote a post a couple of days ago about proper disposal of computers that are about this speed. Maybe instead of spending $10 I could have sold it to another Realtor who just took this class...?

3. In order to obtain my certificate for completion of the class, I need to:

A. Download a form, print it out, and complete it by hand (including the blanks that ask for duplicate information.)

B. Mail or Fax it to the school providing the course.

C. Wait 5-7 business days for my certificate to be faxed back to me.

What? Are you kidding me? For an ONLINE class on a TECHNOLOGY subject?

Geez. It's no wonder why the real estate community at large has a reputation for being technologically behind the times.

Your surprised they accept faxes Realtor,

Chris Butterworth

[tags] online education, continuing education, WeMAR, West Maricopa County Board of Realtors, Fletcher Heights [/tags]