Poll: Have you attended any online trainings or webinars?
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Jean NICOLET  Identity Verified
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Other – Yes, several Mar 6, 2014

"Many" would sound somewhat overstated for a young lad as myself

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Marjolein Snippe  Identity Verified
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MOOCs Mar 6, 2014

Do moocs count? I have attended a couple of those (courses from universities, open for everyone).
I really enjoyed them.

Apart from that, one or two on CATs etc, which I found a lot less useful, not to say a clear waste of time.


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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
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Quite a few Mar 6, 2014

They vary in quality, but on the whole the ones I have attended haven't been very inspiring. Usually, the information provided in a one-hour webinar could easily be summarised in a one-page handout - but they couldn't charge 50 dollars or so for it then, could they?

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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A few Mar 6, 2014

Some were indeed helpful and useful, others were... well, a lesson to learn.

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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
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Lots, and I've given a few too Mar 6, 2014

I agree that the quality of webinars can vary. Some presentations are rambly, thin and poorly structured, but others are packed with excellent, well-presented content. If you go with a reputable provider (like eCPD Webinars, for example), then you're much more likely to have a good experience and get good value.

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Maria Isabel Pazos Gómez  Identity Verified
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No time! Mar 6, 2014

Just some in place, but never online!

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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“Attended”? Mar 6, 2014

The verb to attend implies going someplace: a church, a school, a classroom, a museum, etc.

In that sense, I never attended online training or webinars, but I watched a few.


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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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Yes, many Mar 6, 2014

And most of them were quite useful and worth the money.

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Tatty  Identity Verified
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Free ones Mar 6, 2014

Yes I have attended a couple. I have never paid for them though.

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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
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Not really Mar 6, 2014

Mario Chavez wrote:

The verb to attend implies going someplace: a church, a school, a classroom, a museum, etc.

In that sense, I never attended online training or webinars, but I watched a few.


To attend means to be present, so it's perfectly fine in this context.


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Perfectly fine? Mar 7, 2014

Elizabeth Tamblin wrote:

Mario Chavez wrote:

The verb to attend implies going someplace: a church, a school, a classroom, a museum, etc.

In that sense, I never attended online training or webinars, but I watched a few.


To attend means to be present, so it's perfectly fine in this context.


Last time I checked, if I want to take advantage of an online training, webinar or presentation, the action required of me is to see or watch said training.

To be present, sure, but it's an interpretation, nothing perfectly fine about it.


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Yes, perfectly fine! Mar 7, 2014

Mario Chavez wrote:

Elizabeth Tamblin wrote:

Mario Chavez wrote:

The verb to attend implies going someplace: a church, a school, a classroom, a museum, etc.

In that sense, I never attended online training or webinars, but I watched a few.


To attend means to be present, so it's perfectly fine in this context.


Last time I checked, if I want to take advantage of an online training, webinar or presentation, the action required of me is to see or watch said training.

To be present, sure, but it's an interpretation, nothing perfectly fine about it.



Mario, please remember you're not the only linguist around here

attend a webinar = 568,000 hits
watch a webinar = 175,000 hits
see a webinar = 165,000 hits

For the record, I have never "taken part in" one (1,970,000 hits)

[Edited at 2014-03-07 07:42 GMT]


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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
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I disagree Mar 7, 2014

Mario Chavez wrote:

Elizabeth Tamblin wrote:

Mario Chavez wrote:

The verb to attend implies going someplace: a church, a school, a classroom, a museum, etc.

In that sense, I never attended online training or webinars, but I watched a few.


To attend means to be present, so it's perfectly fine in this context.


Last time I checked, if I want to take advantage of an online training, webinar or presentation, the action required of me is to see or watch said training.

To be present, sure, but it's an interpretation, nothing perfectly fine about it.


Attend is correct in this context, believe me, in UK English, at any rate.

[Edited at 2014-03-07 09:51 GMT]


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