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Blended Learning: The Best of Both Worlds

 

Posted on Wed, 04/11/2018 - 07:35

Digital fluency is the norm among those entering the workforce today. The use of computers and all varieties of mobile devices are second nature to them. With technology’s touch on nearly everything, it makes sense that many corporations are making a switch to training programs that are digitally based.

When something is new, there are usually two reactions. One is to discount it without understanding the benefits. The other is to wholly embrace it and run with it. With elearning, a more balanced approach may end up having the best results.

Blended LearningThe Best ofBothWorlds

What is blended learning?

Also called, “hybrid learning,” blended learning is a combination of face-to-face instruction and technology-based instruction. It includes various environments including online, mobile, and a physical classroom. There is normally a component of student control over time and place, as well as more formal group instruction.

What are the benefits?

The advantages of utilizing a blended learning approach are numerous.

  • Improved efficiency. Learners who need to spend a little more time with a concept are able to do so without holding back others who are ready to go on.   
  • Budget-friendly. There are usually added costs associated with in-person instruction. Facilitators must be paid, travel costs need to be covered, and sometimes a cost is attached to the venue where the training is held. The elearning portion of the program can usually be accomplished at any time that is convenient for the employee, lessening the need for more costly options. 
  • Personalized learning. The use of mobile devices allows employees to access their training materials at any time or place. They can explore more deeply what was presented to them in their face-to-face learning time whenever it’s convenient for them. 
  • More effective data tracking. The elearning software that’s used in conjunction with the in-person training gives facilitators a way to pinpoint where each person is at in the program, as well as who is excelling and who is struggling. 
  • Variety of learning styles are addressed. Not everyone learns the same way. This is one of the main reasons that blended learning is so effective. When more than one approach is used, the training will reach a wider range of learners.  
  • Double the benefits. Hybrid training gives learners the best of both worlds. They are able to work independently and at their own pace, while still having access to an actual person if they have questions.  
  • Greater effectiveness. Taking a varied approach is more stimulating to the mind, which can quickly become bored with doing the same thing over and over. Learning is deeper and more comprehensive.
  • Simplified logistics. The use of elearning with a classroom-type method decreases the amount of in-person training required, meaning less coordination of schedules for facilitators and employees. 
  • Boosts soft skills. Good communication skills are vital in any business. Traditional training methods alone don’t give employees enough context to hone those skills. Learning virtually allows learners to interact in different ways and different scenarios.

While elearning has burst onto the corporate training scene, with many benefits, it seems clear that the most comprehensive learning experience for employees may be a blended approach.

Get in touch with our experts to discuss ways blended learning can improve the way you train within your organization.

By Designing Digitally, Inc.