The Incus Data Virtual Classroom

Learn during lockdown

Don't put off your training plans because of COVID-19 and the lockdown. This is the perfect time to improve your skills. And it will keep you positive and focused in this time of uncertainty.

Attend from the safety of your home

Our virtual classroom lets you attend the training sessions from wherever you are. You will hear the lecturer, see the whiteboard, and be able to ask questions and get answers.

Here's what one of our delegates on the Advanced Java Programming virtual course said:

"This was the first course over ZOOM, this worked out very well, I would suggest more like this as it gives a bit more freedom and feels more comfortable."
—   P. Badenhorst, FNB

How does it work?

We have a dedicated room with a webcam, a microphone and lights set up to give you the best possible experience.

The conferencing software streams the lecture live to you, so that you can hear and see the lecturer. You will also be able to see the whiteboard and anything that the lecturer wants to demonstrate.

You can ask the lecturer questions and you can (virtually) put up your hand if you need help.

Help! We are not allowed to use Zoom.

Don't worry, we can still help you. Zoom is our first choice, because it really is the most user-friendly of the systems available. But we have also presented courses using Webex and MS Teams. (Note that we will only use MS Teams for an in-company course, which requires a minimum of 6 delegates.) Please contact us so that we can discuss this in more detail with you.

What you will need

Don't worry: we will send you detailed instructions before the course starts.

You will need the following:

Internet access
Unfortunately virtual training takes a lot of data. You can reduce the amount of bandwidth you use by switching off your camera for most of the training.
A computer to access the virtual classroom and for the coding exercises
For the virtual classroom, you need a device with speakers (or a headset), a microphone and a webcam. You can use your laptop, or a tablet. You can even run Zoom on your smartphone, but the screen may be too small to properly see anything the lecturer demonstrates.
You don't need 2 devices, so you can just use your laptop or desktop. It's even better if you have an additional screen: one screen for course work and one screen for the virtual classroom.
Course software for the coding exercises
You probably already have the required software installed. In case you don't, we will send you links to download the software.
Zoom software for the virtual classroom
You need to download the free Zoom application, and create a free Zoom account. If you don't want to do this, you can connect via the browser if you are using Google Chrome.
If your company has blocked the Zoom URL on your laptop, you will need to get it unblocked, or use a different device for the classroom. Or contact us to discuss using Webex or MS Teams.

Be prepared

We understand the challenges of working from home. That's why we don't care if you join in your pajamas.

But you do need to be disciplined: You need to make sure you attend all the sessions. There will be plenty of breaks where you can deal with chores and children, so don't let that distract you during the course.

Please read the email that we send you before the course carefully. Make sure you have everything installed before the course starts.

Remember that to benefit from any training, you must pay attention, and do the exercises. That's YOUR responsibility.

And after COVID-19?

Honestly, we don't know what the new normal will be, any more than you do. Maybe we'll open our beautiful training venue to delegates again. Maybe we'll continue with virtual training. Maybe we'll do both. It will depend on what you, as our client, need.

Please contact us if you need more information.