Seminars are used by professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills in order to stay up to date with the latest developments within their industry. This article provides a simple overview of what CPD seminars are, how a seminar differs from a lecture and an outline of the benefits of completing a CPD seminar.
What is the main purpose of a seminar?
Seminars are a key part of many academic and educational programmes. The purpose of a seminar is to provide a learning facility for professionals to obtain new information on a specific subject matter. Seminars are a great way to help individuals gain better insight and understanding of a particular subject, often relevant to their role or career. Seminars are an important training method as they can provide an in-depth opportunity to keep updated with the latest industry information, as well as enhancing professional skills.
How long is a seminar?
In general, a seminar is a type of short course. Whereas a training course may take place over a number of days or weeks, a seminar would typically be only a few hours long up to one day. The length of a seminar will vary depending on the subject matter, depth of content and delivery method. A seminar is similar to a workshop in this regard, in that they both provide an opportunity to focus on one particular subject matter, and cover it in a good level of detail.
How do seminars differ from lectures?
Seminars differ from lectures in a number of ways. For instance, seminars are usually conducted in a group setting with no more than 20 participants. Lectures will differ from seminars because typically a lecture will have many more delegates attending, and a lecture will usually take place in a large lecture hall, or perhaps more recently online. Lectures are more likely to be one-directional learning with limited audience participation, and as a general rule do not enable participants to discuss the content they are learning. Seminars will usually include group work, activities and interactive discussions around the topic being introduced.