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3. Hands-on versus hands-off training is an issue of tradeoffs. While it may seem intuitive that hands-on training is the better format, it has its drawbacks which are listed here.
A hands-on course progresses at the speed of the slower learners. While the lab exercizes in the course workbook and the instructor try to minimize such problems, invariably someone has difficulty with an exercize. The faster learners tend to move ahead leaving the slower students behind. The instructor has to work to keep things in sync.
The amount of material that can be covered in a hands-on course is less than half of what can be covered without hands-on. A two day hands-off course becomes a four or five day course with hands-on. Many people cannot be away from their jobs for long periods.
Hands-on courses are more expensive - often by a factor of two or more.