By adding an online training component to traditional instructor-led classes, you can increase your ROI, expedite the learning process and deliver training that engages employees, thus driving performance results. Blended learning can do all that and more. It is the ideal answer to turn to when you are considering training for staff in the field or scattered around the globe.
A New and Improved Blended Learning
While blended learning offers numerous benefits in terms of business and learning goals, there is a better way to do it. This new method takes into account the increasing number of employees who prefer to learn on their own time and terms.
Traditionally, blended learning was represented by an online training course that was supplemented by live classroom-style instruction. While still a viable means of learning, in-house instructor-led training continues to present the problem for a company having to gather all its people together in one place – a potentially expensive undertaking.
Equally if not more expensive, is paying trainers to travel to employees in the field to receive their training. With the dawning of BYOD, neither of these scenarios is any longer necessary. Employees can now have the positive experience of participating in a blended learning curriculum hosted exclusively on their tablets or smart phones.
While this practice may resemble mobile learning, the two are not entirely the same thing. Employees participating in mLearning are taking an online training course pre-built by learning professionals to run on mobile devices. Blended learning takes this concept and adds the element of live instruction, which can now be experienced on tablets and phones in the form of Webinars, teleconferences and by employing such social tools as Skype. It has become so easy to digitally communicate visually over any distance that “Skyping” has become a catch-all term for video conferencing.
Blended learning is a proven method of imparting information to employees who experience increased knowledge retention and elevated skills performance. According to the ON24 whitepaper The World is Your Classroom, by combining virtual online classrooms, live webcasts, and social networking tools it creates a highly adaptable and engaging learning experienced for a wide-range of training programs and employee needs. It is considered one of the most potent methods of instruction today. Convenience to both trainers and employees coupled with the fact that it is still many times less expensive than traditional “seminar style” training, blended learning is an attractive solution to training over distance.
That being said however, it must be noted that providing the best results relative to learning goals does come at a greater financial cost. The programs are more complicated than straight-up eLearning and even though the instructor is not physically in the room with employees, they are still coaching and giving real-time support on mobile devices.
The Donnell-Kay foundation makes a key point when it comes to defining and understanding blended learning:
It is important to note that blended learning is not just about integrating online content or using cool new technologies. As is the case in any quality educational situation, blended learning requires the services of an effective teacher to guide and assist employee learning.
If you are searching for the best training solution that is easy for your people to access over any distance and consistently boosts employee engagement, you need to look no further. Considerably less expensive than classroom-style training, blended learning can answer most if not all of your needs when it comes to online learning. Take advantage of the BYOD boom and allow your employee’s digital devices to work FOR you. Stay ahead of the competition and keep your staff on the cutting edge of industry by providing them with the highest quality training, blended learning has to offer!