Hello Again from Centennial, CO
Thursday evening – November 5, 2020 (First post of this travelogue)
Well, I am back at NTT for four days this week. I am producing a live on line (LOL) four day OSHA class. This is a really interesting class for a lot of reasons. First of all, all of the students are NTT personnel. It is called an OSHA 30 hour class. It is strictly regulated by OSHA and the attendees receive an OSHA certification card at the end of the class. Because it is strictly regulated, that adds yet another level of complexity to the producer activities
In addition to being an interesting class for the reasons listed above, it is also interesting from a content standpoint. Lots of good information to digest. It is also good from the standpoint of learning LOL presentation techniques for my benefit (assuming we ever sell a LOL class that I can teach). Lastly, it is great to experience other instructor techniques.
As I mentioned in the last post, there are a lot of hardware and software details that almost boggle the mind. The most demanding part of the assignment is getting three monitors set up with several software platforms, then set up proper window views of all the software on those monitors depending on what the instructor needs. After that, the remote students must be logged in and any communication problems resolved. That whole process takes about two hours. For the rest of the class time, the producer monitors the software to make sure the students are using all the tools we use to teach the class.
Again, from the last post: the producer position pays less than half the instructor rate, but it is still decent income and will fund my “toy” budget, hopefully at level that will keep me active in the shop . In addition, it will not involve air travel and is less demanding than teaching. Also, as I mentioned in the last post, our sales for the classes I teach is really in the toilet right now. I think the producer assignments will be a good alternative income generator.
That is all for this trip.