What if a synchronous training schedule is impossible for you? That’s where asynchronous training comes in. For asynchronous training, you study alone on your computer or tablet. There is no class, no instructor. You can study at midnight in your pajamas, if you wish!
The problem here is that most asynchronous training isn’t skills based. You need a program that engages you and makes you think. You need exercises, role plays and visuals. Demonstration videos of interpreters can help as well. Most asynchronous training does not offer all that. (We do. And more.)
Webinars are online lectures. As the interpreter, you can sometimes ask questions, but not always. Usually you can’t ask questions orally—you might have to type them into a text box. Your questions might or might not get answered.
In a webinar, you are hearing someone talk online. In the United States, the presenter will usually display PowerPoint slides. Most often, you do not even see the person speaking.
You might fall asleep.
Webinars are often presented in real time, then “frozen” online so that you can access the webinar recording later, on demand.
For interpreters, webinars can be an easy and inexpensive way to get up-to-date information, stay informed and get CEUs (continuing education credits for keeping a certification or license).
But webinars are not recommended for basic training. For online training, try to sign up for quality synchronous or asynchronous programs.