Will It Blend? Thats not only the title a series of entertaining web videos but its also a question that can be asked when developing online training. That fact of the matter is that any curriculum will be able to benefit from blended learning. The trick is to be able to implement it correctly.
Blended learning is not simply a 1:1 mix of instructor-led training and online training. Several blended learning models have emerged that take into account the different types of material being taught, the needs of the employees, and the capabilities of the organization.
To briefly summarize its benefits, blended learning allows an instructor to provide complementary coaching or mentoring to an online course. Benefits to an organization include decreased cost associated with bringing in an instructor and reduction of physical course materials.
The flipped classroom model has been gaining popularity recently because of the performance increases that result from it. The flipped classroom model is one in which the employee views information on their own time. In traditional instructor-led training this would take the form of a lecture; in the flipped classroom blended learning model this could take the form of an online course or video. Classroom time is used to do any homework and to work through any difficulties with the instructor present.
The benefits to this model are clear. The one-on-one time with the instructor is used more effectively to mentor and coach the employee. This results in higher knowledge retention and better trained staff.
However, not every organization can dedicate the amount of time in which case the Flex model may be a better alternative.
The Flex model is one in which the employees do much of the work through online training. An instructor is available (whether in person or online) to help support them throughout their efforts. The benefits of this model are that it allows the employee the flexibility to take the training in the office or perhaps even out of the office on a mobile device.
There are certain cases when live instruction adds benefits to existing online training. For instance, in the case of learning how to use new hardware, an online training component will be fantastic at teaching the fundamentals. Assessments can be conducted live through the actual demonstration of knowledge on actual hardware. As good as online training is, it may bring comfort to the organization to know that the skills being taught are proven to work.
Lets not forgot soft skills training. This is becoming of increased importance in organizations in order to create a staff that works well together and has the ability to communicate effectively with each other and with clients.
An online course like our Role Play Demo is an example of a course demo that can help employees to communicate more effectively in an office environment. An added benefit could be to include a breakout period where staff are encouraged by the instructor to share the knowledge that theyve gained and the communicate with each other their insights.
With the vast amounts of knowledge that can be trained on almost infinite amount of subjects, there could be just as many variations if you take into account blended learning models. The right model depends on the material being taught as well as the needs of your organization. By knowing all aspects, you can develop a blended training program that will benefit all employees at your organization.
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