VTC started out back in 1996 as a training company that distributed courses on cd-roms. Since then they have moved onto a web based format for presenting video web design tutorials online. Courses offered by VTC cover a wide range of web design topics. Many courses also cover popular applications such as Adobe CS4 Dreamweaver and CS4 Flash. The courses are offered as self paced, video instruction sessions which the user can view anytime. Typically each video instruction session runs anywhere from 3 to 11 hours on average. For consumers looking for a wide breadth of topic coverage, VTC offers courses on many areas of computer instruction including programming, databases, and security. Subscriptions are offered for one monthly fee to access all of the course topics.
- All courses are self paced
- A wide variety of topics are offered for instruction
- Package deals are available
- Popular IT Certificate programs covered
- Courses are offered in English, Spanish, and French
- Unique software applications such as Carrara 7 are covered
- Multiple locations in different countries offer greater levels of localized support
Web content managers such as Joomla are also covered in their selection of courses. Perhaps the most unique strength is the availability of many courses in multilingual format. Courses are offered in English, French, and Spanish.
Depth of Topic Knowledge
VTC also offers a multitude of courses on web design and development. Their subjects cover both applications and web design methodology. Both basic web design concepts and advanced topics are covered. They offer many courses on a large area of web based topics including web design, e-commerce, web 2.0, social networking, web databases, content management systems, and even security.
There is fairly limited interaction during the instruction videos. There are no exercises or projects to work on during the instruction video. As a video only instruction service, there is no available instructor interaction available.
Ease of Use
The VTC homepage is well designed for easy navigation and readability. The layout breaks down the content into easier to read subsections. Customer support and feedback are offered from a drop down menu on the top navigation bar.
Unfortunately, there was no knowledge or reference support in the form of an online library or additional resources.
Coverage of Leading Applications
One of the unique strengths of VTC courses is the coverage of many different applications that may be overlooked by other online educational programs. AutoCAD, Carrara, iLife, and PMI are just a few of the many applications covered in their courses. The wide breadth of different course topics was very enticing. One could get a great bang for the buck with their selection of different subjects presented. Course videos are usable by both Windows and Macs.
However, one problem with their course selection is a lack of coverage for some more recent versions of popular programs.
VTC offers a wide selection of self paced videos to help instruct users on many subjects. In terms of web design, there is a large catalog of methodology and application topic coverage. Their subscription monthly plan is affordable and allows unlimited access to their catalog.