Lots of students that come to Imaging R & R for Authorized Adobe Training want to know whether a 2-day class or a 3-day class is better for them. Some of the confusion comes from our having offered some classes in a 2-day format at some times, and as a 3-day format at others. Here’s the background
When Adobe’s CS5 and CS5.5 software came out over the past year or so, some of the programs increased in complexity to the point where we felt it was pushing it to cover all the material in 2-days – particularly Photoshop and InDesign. Adding a day seemed to make sense. While these classes were very successful for content, the response from out student base has been mixed. Many students have told us that it would be difficult for them to take 3 days off work for the class.
Often (though hardly always) the student tuition paid for by the company sending their employee. But by the same token the company doesn’t always want to lose the employee for 3 full days. After much discussion with the instructors at Imaging R & R, we have moved back to a 2-day format for several classes, with a twist.
We now offer a 3-day Package version of the classes which includes the 2-day introductory class and a 1-day Advanced class, for both Photoshop and InDesign. This way a student can take attend the full 3 days at the same price, and with the same content as our 3-day class that we ran previously. Or a student can choose to simply enroll in the 2-day class, and at a later date decide to take the 1-day Advanced session.
This way everyone wins. Students have flexibility re: how many days they take off work, and we get to still offer the full 3-days of content. Since the 1-day Advanced sessions involve, well, advanced techniques and features, not everyone needs that. If you are using Photoshop or InDesign for the basics (Photoshop retouching or tonal and color correction), or InDesign for static print layouts (and don’t need “interactivity” in layouts using InDesign) than the 3rd day – the 1-day Advanced classes – is purely optional.
Meanwhile some of our topics, Dreamweaver especially, remains a 3-day class for the moment. Right now the depth of the material, to help students master that software, still leans us towards a 3-day class for web development with Dreamweaver. I hope this clears up some questions!
Posted by Steve Weinrebe