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At CalTrin, our innovative learning model enables child- and family-serving professionals to choose training and educational experiences that work best for your schedule, learning style, and career path. Our training opportunities are organized around four domains: Direct Service Delivery Skills, Evidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Service Delivery, Management & Leadership Development, and Trauma-Informed Systems. CalTrin currently offers live, virtual training on topics within these domains in two formats: Webinars and Workshops.

So, what is the difference between a CalTrin Webinar and a CalTrin Workshop? And how do you decide which of the two formats is best for you? The answer to that depends on your learning preferences, including how much you enjoy high-interactive learning opportunities versus lecture-style presentations. This post will outline some of the key differentiators and elements of each type of training event to help you decide which format might best fit your needs.

If you are someone who prefers to attend a training without your webcam on, would rather not participate in breakout room discussion, and learns best through listening and watching (auditory and visual learners) – webinars might be the right choice for you!

Design (Lecture Format, Lower Interaction)

CalTrin webinars are designed and structured similar to a lecture, where a presenter discusses a topic in detail and typically utilizes a slide presentation to outline key points. The presenter is not able to see or hear participants because attendees do not have the option to turn on their web cameras or microphones. Breakout rooms are not supported in a webinar format, so there is no opportunity for participants to engage in discussions with each other directly.

Participant Interaction

Does lecture format mean there is NO participant interaction? Not necessarily. CalTrin webinars typically involve interactive features to promote discussion and enhance your experience as a learner. Interactive Features for Webinar Participants:

Target Audience & Registration

CalTrin webinars are generally designed to provide valuable information to a broad audience of professionals at all levels of child- and family-serving organizations. For this reason, there are limited to no prerequisites to attend. In general, the webinar format works well for those who prefer to learn by listening, observing, and reflecting on topics or principles to inform next steps.

If you enjoy group discussion, sharing and hearing ideas with others, and learn best by doing (kinesthetic or social learner) – then online workshops are a great option for you!

Design (Group Discussion Format, Higher Interaction)

CalTrin online workshops are designed to mimic an in-person event as a highly interactive experience, where participants are frequently engaging with the presenter and with each other. Participants are expected to utilize a web camera and microphone and will likely be placed in breakout sessions for small group discussion and sharing.

Participant Interaction

As an attendee, you would be expected to fully engage in the workshop and may be asked to participate in higher interaction features and activities to enhance your learning experience. Interactive Features for Online Workshop Participants:

Target Audience & Registration

CalTrin workshops are limited in participant size and may be designed to meet the specific needs of a target audience. For many workshops, an application is required. CalTrin’s Training Coordinators review all applications and select participants who best fit the target audience (role, organization, experience, etc.). There is no cost to learners for CalTrin workshops and all associated training materials are free.

Participant No Show Policy

CalTrin workshops often have limited spaces and there are frequently waiting lists. Due to the cost of training and time associated with planning each CalTrin workshop, individuals who are selected to participate in workshop are expected to attend for the full duration. Participants who do not attend training and do not contact/notify CalTrin in advance, may not be selected for future application-based workshops for up to six months.

Unlike a webinar, workshops often provide the opportunity for you to develop an action plan during the training event. If you prefer a higher interaction learning experience, then you may enjoy CalTrin’s online workshops.

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